I'm happy to begin with my first assignement. At first I felt a bit uncomfortable seeing all the great works in here, I think they are all way above my level. However, I'll give it a try.
My first study relates to the work of the german painter Carl Blechen: Grotto in the parque of Villa d'Este.
I chose it as i thought it would not be to complex for a start. But working on it I got more and more impressed of it. There was much to dirscover. How tricky he balanced the weight of the two monks with the dark shadows on the left side of the Grotto. I enjoyed how he guided the viewers eye with the crisp shadows of the stony structures, as well as i was impressed by the many varyiations in the caves outer edge contrasting to the mostly undefined background.
Now I'm looking forward to your critiques!