Along the way, I consulted about 12 master paintings to resolve challenges in this one. I’ll share just a few of these paintings to which I owe credit, and I do this for the sake of shedding light on the process by which my painting came about. Inviting comparison to these masterpieces is a dangerous game.
This painting by Courbet is grand without being bombastic or overstated. Like the previous two, it allows the viewer to get lost in the nuances (and the upper middle class of the last two decades loves their understated nuances). I paid attention to the way Courbet handled the figures clothes, and you’ll see a similar style in mine. High contrast indirect painting–layers and layers. I also laid down a venetian red base beneath the rocks which glows through and makes the rocks luminous as if glowing with reflected sunlight.