Here is my first study. Total time is about 45-50 minutes. I spent too much time with the clouds and could have possibly put more detail in the valley.
I chose Albert Bierstadt's Storm in the Mountains. What I like most about the painting is really the rhythm and continuity of the piece. He draws you in to the areas of interest really well by letting your eye flow around the painting without ever feeling overwhelmed.
My second study is Ruins at Baalbeck by Frederich Church. I really like his use of economy with the background which lets the eyes rest easier on the main focal point. Total time was about 1 1/2 hours.
Hey good start, well done!
With the first one you got the values really close but you need to pay attention to the shapes and edges aswell.
Your second one you've pushed the values too much in some places, like the ruins for example, the highlights aren't that bright in the original, same with parts of the sky.
You are headed in the right direction. When you get your shapes worked out well, pay very close attention to the values. You want to match the values you see as closely as you can. It is important to be very honest about what you are seeing. try to put the accurate value down with each stroke as otherwise you end up having to fix things along the way and being accurate will save you time. Really take the time to observe and compare and choose the right value. If you are off, adjust it, don't keep working and come back to it. You are doing great...just need to focus in on value a little more.
Thank you both for your critiques and I will make sure I take your advise for future paintings.
I went way over time on this painting. Went about 4 to 4 1/2 hours. This study is Frank Frazetta's Egyptian Queen. What I like most about the painting is his use of vertical and horizontal lines to guide the viewers eye to the main focal points.