There are some great sites on the web that offer images of the old master’s works – I used the Web Gallery of Art, which allows one to explore by artist or location/gallery and download reasonable sized images. But what images to download? - Well, I went for those that I would be happy to hang on my walls, or those which showed interesting colours or tones.
I collected around 100 and then pruned them into two small sets, which you can see here.
Landscapes: Nearly all the selected images had very small areas of highlights and weak/non-saturated skies.
b) The shadow tones were dominant in most of the images:
i) this was either wrong,
ii) or painted detail had been lost over time.
Off we go!
I think the best way forward is to analyse each image, in alphabetical order, starting with Landscapes (as I have not and probably never will take nudes!).
For each image, I shall then attempt to summarise my findings and to try to copy some of the techniques and compare the result to 'conventional' processing.