Hey! Really love these assignments, just started and already learning a lot.
Here's the first three.
Very nice scene, and I love the atmosphere, which is what I learned from this piece. Having one lightsource and sharp contrast with figures in that lightsource creates nice atmosphere and it immediately lures the eye to that point. It's almost vignette-like, light in the middle and dark around the edges.
I chose this piece mainly because I'm Dutch and it heavily features a windmill. Not a very artsy reason to pick it, but that's because I like it. The main emphasis point is obviously the windmill, achieved by a very sharp contrast and the breaking of continuity. Almost all lines are horizontal, but there's contrast created by having the windmill as one of the very few vertical (and diagonal on the 'blades') lines in the piece.
I noticed that I tend to favour pieces that have very atmospherical lighting. Thought this was a nice example of Economy, since two of the dominant shapes in this piece are mostly black with some highlights. A very nice economical way to imply detail in those shapes, and they were what I spent the least time on. Yet, the main focus point is obviously the woman playing the instrument. This emphasis was created by the abundant amount of detail on her (which I unfortunately was unable to recreate within the time limit), and having her as the brightest point in the scene.
-- Will post updates when I have more! 3/20 and counting.