Moonlit Seascape - Thomas Moran; Time 1 Hour
Chose to do a study of this painting because I'm not entirely sure how to paint a stormy sea and holy shit just look at this painting it's awesome- the contrast that gives the scene a heavy mood- its amazing!
One element of design Moran uses in this painting is variety, he uses soft brush strokes mostly for the clouds to show the difference of its calm nature compared to the chaotic and hard stroke-y sea counterpart. The clouds still use hard brush strokes along with darker tones to show more variety in its makeup because just soft clouds wouldn't be as interesting and it would be pretty unrealistic. That variety also helps the cloudless center be one of the main focus points because its not the same as the sea or the outer edges of the sky, so it stands out.
I started this painting by blocking in the major shapes and started rendering the image overall but by the time the one hour was over I noticed the main focal points were not as rendered as the rest of the image and I feel like it loses focus- So in the next study I'm gonna try to work more on the main parts of the painting rather than jumping around the painting when I'm bored of rendering one part.
Also, like in the first Sargent study, I kind of squished certain areas of the painting so instead of starting by blocking in shapes I'm going to try out sketching the image first, the main reason I didn't do the sketch was because I wanted to save time.