I just recently noticed the Hudson River School’s landscapes. I’ve seen lots and lots of artists copy this style, but the fact remains: the landscapes produced by these artists are staggering.
I’ve been reading that making a values sketch of a landscape is a good way to study it, so I picked one of the Hudson paintings that I liked, and studied it.
You can click it to enlarge. Isn’t the detail absolutely staggering? Alas, I’m not sure which artist painted this work. Google is sometimes lax on those kinds of details. I’m also not sure if it’s really supposed to be this dark. I have a feeling somebody tweaked it up to look good on a really bright monitor, and my monitor isn’t very bright.
Anyway, if I could paint light like this, I’d call myself an artist. There’s something almost fantasy-ish about this setting, particularly the way the light picks out the waterfall on the left side.