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10-01-2010, 12:06 AM
For the next two months I'll be posting 3 classical paintings every week and then doing little thumbnail value sketches to develop composition prowess.
This is an example of what I'm on about.........This is Mary Cassatt's - At the Opera.

10-01-2010, 12:08 AM
Here are three for this week's quick thumbnail sketches.
Secret Player by Rene Magritte (1898 - 1967)
Guardsroom by David Teniers the Younger - 1642
Hunting Scene with a View of the Black Sea by Niko Pirosmani - 1912

(and of course you can do studys of your particular interests instead. We'd love to see what is happening with you. )



10-01-2010, 04:11 PM
Robin, so this exercise is just to do thumbnail sketches to understand the focal point of the paintings?

10-02-2010, 07:12 PM
Here are the first two. Very fun exercise!!



10-02-2010, 07:57 PM
these little studies are to help composition skills - focal point , yes and value fields too. Those look good....Isn't that one by Margritte intense!

10-02-2010, 08:13 PM
Definitely worth doing everyone one. If I had done the Margritte one freehand, the columns would have been all over the place. In fact, thanks to the columns I managed to resize the baseball batter smaller than if I hadn't taken care to make it proportional. Good challenge, Robin.

10-02-2010, 08:26 PM
Good work Sandra. Thanks for including a Magritte Robin I love his work.

10-04-2010, 07:21 AM
Ha - Jacqui - So Rene Magritte is a dude? well I need to read up on that.

Sandra - good to hear the play by play on your sketching....that is a good tip.

10-05-2010, 02:47 PM
Good project idea, Robin.!!

10-06-2010, 09:53 PM
Thanks June - it's quick and fun to see the bare bones of the composition

Here are two .... for the Margritte and the Pirosmani

10-10-2010, 12:12 PM
Here is my study of the Teniers.

I learned alot on this one.

I'm posting three new classical paintings for study. ---- -( three Russian painters. Each last name beginning with K.)

Angelica Kauffman - Hector Calls Paris to the Battle 1775

Ivan Khrutsky - View on Yelagin Island in St. Petersburg 1839

Constantin Korovin - Early Spring 1870

I am also going to apply this study techniques to this little painting I did last week. I"ll post my studies and resultant redone painting.

I hope you are learning something to. Share it if you can. http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Oct-2010/88676-compteniers.JPG

10-10-2010, 12:14 PM
Here are the three Russian's paintings.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Oct-2010/88676-kauffman16.jpghttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Oct-2010/88676-khrutsky3.JPGhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Oct-2010/88676-korovin9.JPG

10-10-2010, 04:28 PM
Robin, good sketches there. The use of pen work shows the values even better.

Today, I tried using Neocolor II to do the composition studies. Do you all notice in the second painting where the two ladies walk the dog, they are translucent? Are they supposed to be ghostly appearances?




10-11-2010, 09:40 PM
Sandra - You were quite busy with this. Did you learn anything? Oh, I didn't realize that lady was translucent! Interesting. I think I like the blue landscape the best.
When I studied that one , initially I didn't think much of it but as I worked on observing it I really like the way it is. I like the dark animal on the mountain top and the light animal lower down on the same mountain. When I looked at the painting they didn't seem very important but now I think they are the focus of the whole thing . Maybe that is just my slant on it, I'm not sure.
I hope you are getting something out of these exercises. By the wa, when do your anatomy class start?

10-12-2010, 01:06 AM
Actually, I like all of them. There is strong lighting on the banquet hallway piece although fragmented into three parts. I really like the columns too because it's easier for me to visualize with the bigger figures. But compositionally, the strongest is the two ladies walking the dog. The blue landscape piece is very cleverly juxtaposed with white and dark patches but for me, it's a bit scattered.

My anatomy class starts on October 18. I'm still waiting for them to send my sign in code and all that stuff.

10-13-2010, 09:40 PM
Yes, i agree - the two ladies in the park is the strongest, clever little devices to keep your eye on the figures. Ah, columns in this and columns in the Margritte too. I didn't notice that till now.

Thanks for letting us know when your class starts because I'm sure we'll be rootin for you to have a GOOD concentrated dose of anatomy......I don't expect you'll be much here, of course.

I better get these sketches done soon. Tommorrow is thursday already :evil::eek:

10-15-2010, 08:21 PM
here are two of the studies.
I am otherwise occupied till Sunday evening at which time I'll be back hopefully with a couple more studies and some new paintings to study.

Till then . http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Oct-2010/88676-2compRussians_copy_1.JPGhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Oct-2010/88676-2compRussians_copy.JPG

10-19-2010, 07:01 PM
Korovin - early spring - composition studyhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Oct-2010/88676-compo3.JPG