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Last two, whew. Henry Roderick Newman’s Gulf of Spezia & John Singer Sargent’s The Moraine.
Gouache & watercolor, 3" tall on Bristol board, about 1 hour each.
Oh boy. I worked up to big favorites at the end. I thought Newman’s piece would be fairly simple given the uncluttered space and clean arrangement of background, midground, foreground, but it was deceptively tricky: the original has quite a narrow value range, visual variation being achieved instead through his outrageously delicate handling of color. I pushed the contrast up trying to make it legible in black-and-white - but still didn’t make that foreground shadow dark enough.
And I took on The Moraine, frankly, for laughs. This is Sargent at his most dizzyingly masterful, and I am awful at rendering rocks. So… holy shit if it didn’t turn out okay in the end. Too light in a few key areas, but I was really pleased with how systematically I was able to set about dividing up the ground; I don’t think I could have done it at the beginning of this exercise.