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Original Creation

Study After Sanford Robinson Gifford

dracula 24 Jul 2020

This is a study after A Sketch of a Crag in the Catskills by Sanford Robinson Gifford done sometime between 1861–1868. I think it's funny that I did a study after a sketch, but I really liked the composition and it gave me an opportunity to try to work more quickly. This took me 3.5 sessions (three real sessions and a short detail/cleanup session) at a size of 12x16 inches. That's pretty fast for me.

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The expression of rocks is wonderful. Well done!

Dracula, this is stunning! I see you changed lighting conditions and this made the mood different but surely this is great work!
Also I would add that this is great choice for study. It has only 3 big areas: sky, far away hill and close cliff. But in this seeming simplicity is a lot of complexity with air, with details, with color! Thank you so very much for this beauty!

dracula Power Painter

Thank you both, I appreciate it!

@SunnyLady, yes, I didn't intentionally try to change the lighting from the original, but mine came out with more of a "cloudy day" kind of feel. I think this is because I was still too careful about it. I should probably have pre-mixed more colors and applied more single, complete strokes.

That said, I am happy with the overall result even though the canvas panel I used seemed to suck up some of the vibrancy as each layer dried down.

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