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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Hearst Castle: all but the foreground

I finally got into working with the opaque mixtures tonight on the main tree. It’s looking pretty good, but perhaps a little more needs to be done to get at the impression I had in mind. I am new to using opaque with the transparent, so I won’t know for sure until I get the foreground finished with the large flowers. For those I intend to use impasto techniques to really make them pop out–I am thinking of the gondoliers in Sargent’s Bridge of Sighs painting. I like how this is shaping up. A good experiment so far, and I think in the same family still as my elephant seals painting.

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