The Blue Rigi at Sunrise, by JMW Turner, 1842. The original is on top and mine is on the bottom. He is a just a lovely master of light, and is said to have uttered "The Sun is God" as his last words. Translating impressionist/romanticist painting into digital is a good exercise, but I'm really mostly paying attention to values, color choices, and edges. Nothing like learning from the masters than to painstakingly observe and try to figure out, "ok now how did they do that?"
I'm on a "foundations in overdrive" kick right now, and I'm including a whole mess of master studies in them. As I've mentioned before, they are hard for me...right now. I keep reminding myself "right now" that it will get easier, and won't take as long. These aren't fun to do, but I do feel like I learn a lot, and once I get in the zone, it feels like I'm figuring out a puzzle, so can end up being quite relaxing.
Will probably do more JMW Turner, since I am just loving his take on landscapes and light, and his sensibilities on edges.
While really studying this painting, I saw all of these very simple moments (the birds, the fishermen) that were just silhouette, and minor color variation. You can see the influence of watercolor, even though this is an oil painting. (I've learned he is considered a master watercolor painter.) I love the way the mountain in the background has a good variety of crisp and soft edges, areas that tell you exactly what you are looking at, and others that ask you to look closer. It's a good reminder to not try to tell your viewer everything all at once. Keep interest by not telling the whole story. That's one of my favorite things about painting.