This is a study after John Singer Sargent's painting Simplon Pass, 1911. After the very slow, methodical Ivan Shishkin study I completed a few weeks ago, I really wanted to try something that was more expressive and had more to do with the quick application of values.
I am making a concerted effort to make my painting process more efficient.
In that spirit, I put this down on the panel very quickly with minimal blending. It all basically went into place in one go for all the mid-tones and then a second pass for more contrast and chroma in the foreground.
From what I understand, John Singer Sargent did a lot of premixing of colors so that when it came time to apply paint, he could just load the brush and put the paint in place. I did this as well by premixing about 30 colors which comprise most of the painting with some additions toward the end.
I think I will continue to explore some more expressive landscapes; I think there is a lot for me to learn in this realm.
My study is 11x14 inches, which is about 3 times smaller than the original, I think.