Hello, thanks for the opportunity to post here. It motivates me to do these quick studies on a daily basis. As i`m just starting out to paint digitally, I have a lot to learn. This image took me 1h 15min. As I`m not a very fast painter it was not possible to paint in everything, so what I did instead, is try to determine what shapes make the painting work, and focussed on these.
I chose Albert Bierstadt because I love landscape paintings, and he is the first artist I knew when I first searched for landscape painters long long ago. Up untill the day of today he continues to blow me away as soon as I view a piece from him. But today I also looked towards the painting with a complete different attitude and mindset. The way he uses rythm, by creating triangular shapes out of the seadogs, which get interrupted by the lightsource, by the tail of the waterspray you surf with your eye onto the wave where a similar shape can be found. This same triangular shape of the wave can be found in the rocky thing in the top left. Also the curl of the wave is the same kind of curl as the most prominent shape.
The power of this painting for me lies within this balance in where trough all this movement, the economy becomes visible within the light source. Also later i was really intrigued of how important the bird actually is between the lightsource and the wave. I tried out alot of different things, and everything else would make the painting look boring or too full. Awesome assignment, and looking forward to some feedback