Corot-Like Composition

Today’s watercolor experiment:

Following my warmup exercise (Warmup and New Brushes), I painted a full size (9″x12″) painting in the style of Corot. One of the authors of the Tate Watercolor Manual*, Tony Smibert, inspired today’s experiment with his 2005 composition ‘After Corot’.

I used the same color scheme as in my warmup exercise: burnt sienna, Payne’s gray, yellow ocher; plus a bit of neutral tint.

I created a mass of trees using my fan brush and Japanese brushes, on the right side of the composition; I kept the left side blank except for a light wash of neutral tint, which I blotted with a paper towel. I used a knife edge to scrape in some ghostly tree trunks in the open space.

Watercolor: Composition in the Style of John-Baptiste-Camille Corot

Composition in the Style of Corot
9″x12″ 140# Cold Pressed Watercolor Block

One can see the spatial balance by superimposing the Yin Yang symbol on today’s study.

Smibert named his 2005 composition ‘After Corot’. I should have called my study ‘After Smibert’; it sounds better than ‘After, After Corot’.

Tate Watercolour Manual, Lessons from the Great Masters by Tony Smibert and Joyce Townsend

4 thoughts on “Corot-Like Composition

  1. I haven’t tried painted responses, only collage, but I love the idea. I think it makes you really look at what you are copying and that looking is where the learning really kicks in. (K)


    • It is a little intimidating, increasing proportionally with the fame of the artist. I tried copying Steam, Wind and [something] by Turner. My results were less than stellar but, as you mentioned, it was a valuable learning experience.
      I enjoy all your comments, K. Thank you.

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