I really enjoy the variety, rhythm and repetition in this Leighton painting. The three women and girl are all varied by their focus, the angle of their pose, and the values of their clothes. The woman sewing really stands out because of her diagonal lean, in contrast to everyone else.
I especially liked the repeating curved line that shows up again and again: in the thread of the sewing needle, implied through the folds of the backmost woman's dress and the sewing woman's circlet, in the nun's arms.
Sadly, I managed time pretty poorly and didn't evenly finish things up - and also went into overtime (1:30). The values were also noticeably off!
Tried to compensate for those things in the next study.
I like the emphasis on the shirt and how all the values (BG included) kind of grade towards that bright spot. I also found that the values of the background created an implied, diagonal motion that matches the gaze, the collar, the tie, the left edge of the hat. The background is also a repetition of the chunky perpendicular paint lines on the clothes.
I got carried away trying to replicate those tasty value gradations though and went overtime on this one too, though (1:45).
Next time, a hard limit of one hour!