This is a small study of Henri Fantin-Latour painting. Fantin-Latour is known for his exquisite still-life paintings, but he painted beautiful portraits that had a wonderful sensitivity about them. Read more about Fantin-Latour.
I was teaching a plein air painting class one morning here in Berryville when I did this morning sun color study demonstration. The idea in Impressionist painting is to capture the sense of light, or better said, the sense of the time of day. My goal was to paint the bright, warm sunlight on the trees towering over the farmhouse. Studies like these lead to larger more finished works (and more costly, too!).
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I was hiking around our little town of Berryville (on the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia) and came across Grace Episcopal Church, founded in the early 1800's. From the shdadow of Grace, amongst the grave markers, you can see the back of the parish chapel. I love the play of sunlight and shadow. Available