Finished country road, thinking of Sargent’s Simplon Pass paintings

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I finished this one just now, at least as much as I intend to today. I was thinking of Sargent’s Simplon Pass paintings as I did this. He often chose the ground or a path to occupy most of the work, with a sliver of distance occupying the top. I tried to do the same here while also being pretty loose with the brush. I tried not to overwork it and very the colors in my greens enough (learning from my attempt to paint my golf course view a month ago). I think it came out okay for a pretty quick job. I could have done a lot more to emphasize the tire tracks, but their value was really directional, so the lines and swipes should do. That’s how Sargent would have done it at least.

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2 thoughts on “Finished country road, thinking of Sargent’s Simplon Pass paintings

  1. lesliepaints July 24, 2014 / 4:09 pm

    Nice. Just have to like that puddle! Works nicely with the main shapes, Corey.

    • coreyaber August 20, 2014 / 8:45 am

      Thand very much. That puddle was the thing that caught my eye. I like how many of Sargent’s watercolors have an “view in passing” feel to them, as if he just happened to notice something and it stuck–I think distracted receptivity might be the term for that. It’s something that I appreciated in writing too. I hope that came off here a bit.

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