A Bedouin Arab - John Singer Sargent
I chose this piece to exemplify the emphasis principle. The face was given the most attention therefore the details are finer created by finer brush strokes. I noticed that the farther away from the face, the more broad his strokes become. However, I'm not sure what he was trying to convey in the bottom half.
I'm a detail oriented person so painting in broad strokes to show shapes, shadows, etc is something I need to do more often. This was a challenge for me but I enjoyed working on it.
The Mermaid - John William Waterhouse
This painting is a great example of the principles rhythm and variety. The most obvious presence of rhythm are the waves crashing and the scales of the mermaid's fin. One could even say the masses in the background have rhythm because of the organic vertical lines on them. Variety is most apparent in the rocks especially in the placement, size, and the values.
I tried to get as much of the piece done in an hour and it's obvious that I worked on the mermaid last. Again, I focus on details therefore I end up working slower. I feel like I'm getting better, though and don't doubt I will work faster as I do more of these studies.