1. "A Shy Peasant" - Ilya Repin
Wow. This was hard! Having only an hour I think forces you to make efficient choices and exercise more understanding, which is probably why I found this so difficult. Anyway, I'm going to mainly choose pieces that are heavy on emphasis and economy, as these are two areas I have serious problems with. The cool thing about this one is that there is so little detail overall, just in the face and hair, but the entire image registers beautifully. It was also interesting to see that I kept going for too much contrast, when in reality the painting seems to accomplish its goals without straying too far from the midtone range. Anyway, looking forward to doing more.