For my 1st one I picked The Angel Succoring Hagar by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. Man, I don't even see how anybody can do one of these in an hour - I took 2 before it started to look halfway decent, and I know it still has a ways to go. I kinda killed my time right at the beginning though - 1st by not measuring anything and then by using stupid pastel brushes that I hardly know how to use yet. Probably spent the 1st hour fixing those mistakes. How extensively should we be measuring these? I was in a kind of panic, feeling the pressure of the ticking clock and so I just eyeballed everything. Mistake!
I chose Tiepolo because I love the way he did the figures - so expressive and powerful. He used 3 focal areas denoted by strong value contrasts - 1st the woman, then the wounded child, and then the angel. I notice the emphasis, rather oddly, seems to be on their chests more than their faces though - probably as the location of the soul or the heart. Makes sense since it's such a powerfully emotional painting.
I also noticed I have a tendency to make the positive shapes - especially figures - too big! Need to get that under control.