Series 35: COMPOSE LIKE SARGENT
This lesson is S35L2, Ordering Space of the COMPOSE LIKE SARGENT Series. Using fir trees in snow as her reference, Dianne explores Sargent’s method of creating order in visual space according to his use of dark positive shapes set in field of light to midtone forming the negative space, The Oyster Gatherers.
John Singer Sargent is among the most revered of historical realistic painters. Many students copy his paintings in an attempt to learn his secrets. But there’s another way: rather than copy Sargent’s works outright, we can discern how he used a principle, then apply that same method to a study using a totally different subject.
In this Series, Dianne goes deep into four of Sargent’s methods by doing just this.
Rather than becoming refined paintings, all these lessons are studies, each showing a different approach for using a composing principle. Dianne’s approach to teaching is to show you ways to think about making choices and decisions so that you can work these into your own unique approach to painting.