this is my first try with this kind of study in composition.
I chose a beautiful painting from John Singer Sargent. I'm not very good in explaining why I like this one. I think is the atmosphere: this Venice street during a sunny day but we see the sun only in the overexposed white in the background in contrast with the shadows in the street.
I did it in around half an hour
Last edited by giropiro; May 13th, 2014 at 08:22 PM.
In this second attemp I chose a study of Moonlight by Turner.
I like a lot the atmosphere of this one and the composition and high contrast between the moon and the black of the night.
I like the fact Turner painted Jupiter close to the moon in this way he allow us to know when he did this study.
Nice start Andrea!
If I may, I'd suggest you take a little bit more time to map your shapes as accurately as possible: in your last study the horizon line is slightly tilted.
Nice job, I hope to see more
Yes You may and is really appreciated.
You are right I have to pay more attention to the shapes. Now I can see it really well. I have also to check my works in a bigger monitor after doing them because right now I'm working of the little screen of a Surface Pro and is a little bit uncomfortable.
Thanks a lot for your comment.
Hi this is my 3rd attemp with this exercise. I chose this Sargent paint because I really like how he can perfectly render light with economy. I love the way he pushes differently the realism. Her face is better rendered compare to the dog for example. I like a lot also the economy in this painting in the dark areas where the strokes became less visible.
Study number 4 from a Fredric Edwin Church painting:
I gues in this beautiful painting Church want our eyes to rest in the small house. Thins is indicated by the lines of the compoaition, the rocks on the right lead us toward the house and also the aun rays point to it. Probably also the empty space above the house make it more standing out compared to other busy areas in the painting.
These are excellent so far. i am totally ok with a more loose and painterly approach. Your values are well selected too. I think the main area to focus on is capturing your positive and negative shapes as precisely as you can. You are a painter, and sometimes that means recarving around forms, keep focused on getting the most accurate shapes you can. Here is what i said about shapes earlier;
When you are first getting started it is very important to really focus in on the mapping out of your shapes as accurately as you can possibly get them. If you put a shape in the wrong place and commit you end up having the other shapes off and require fixing, which increases painting time. By taking just a few extra minutes early on to measure out your shapes, to compare your shapes, and be sure they are placed and drawn accurately will make the rest of the painting process, working out your values and edges, much much easier.
You should flip the images horizontally and vertically so that you see the shapes with fresh eyes. This should be part of the process and if you are already doing that, keep doing it more. The professional artists will often flip images or use a mirror to see with fresh eyes as many as three or four times a minute as they are working when things really get flowing. You can also back away...actually get up and back away...and doing this works for shapes as well as checking values and edges.