All right, I’ve only got one so far as I’ve been tending to a baby lamb, but I may as well start my thread. 🙂
I’d like to say I spent the maximum of an hour on this one. I didn’t. 🙁 I went almost an hour over that. I kept catching myself getting hung up in details, and trying to tear myself away, but… how do you leave out crucial visual information and move on? I did it at the end with the building on the right and a couple of the figures, and it killed me to do it. I understand the assignment is about composition and learning from the masters, but how much can I learn from the masters if all I’ve got on my page is some blurry shapes?
I hope doing these trains my eye to see the visual information better and get it onto the page quicker, or I’ll be struggling big time.
Okay, onto the piece itself! I love this piece by Petrus van Schendel. There’s great emphasis on the two ladies in front and their wares, then on the two ladies to the right, and then follows a line of continuity up the left-hand side of the page. The piece is balanced, as well. The weight on the bottom is offset by the bright contrast up by the church. What’s interesting to me, though, is that this contrast would be used in a place with such economy. Though… following that train of thought, it does make some sense. Having that economy up there helps prevent that corner from stealing the show. 🙂