I have been somewhat obsessed lately with the work of George Inness (1825-1894), and I'd like to bring some of the technique and expressiveness of his work into my paintings.
I did 4 studies from his paintings (below) and also visited The Art Institute of Chicago in order to look at some of his paintings in person. I made some notes from a painting (The Mill Pond) as well as a sketch from a bronze of George by Jonathan Scott Hartley.
Studies after (clockwise from top left):
Home at Montclair 1892, Landscape 1888,
Summer, Montclair (New Jersey Landscape), The Trout Brook 1891
Seems to show some influence from a book I got into recently: Impressionists in Winter: Effets de Neige by Charles S. Moffett. I am a very selective, and not massive fan of Impressionism, but the more restrained colors used in the winter scenes in this book clicked with me.