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Miniature landscape and composition analysis

Updated: Apr 20, 2021

As I had planned, I spent the week analysing film and painting compositions that caught my eye. I then worked on bringing my miniature landscapes to life.

I will first talk about the latter. I started by playing around on Photoshop - I added a bridge and stairs.

I asked myself why a bridge could’ve been built going towards this platform and the idea of a site of pilgrimage came to mind. I especially like the mystery of not knowing why thy have come. Regardless, if the landscape were real, the views from that rock would certainly be breathtaking.

I also looked at the compositions of paintings I liked, as well as some film stills, to see how the composition set the tone. I printed out the pictures and proceeded to try and understand what made the image effective. Here is what I made.

One idea that came up during this process was to do an hommage to one of the Turner pieces I analysed, Burning of the House of Lords and Commons, instead representing the burning of Notre Dame. I think it would be a really good way of starting to further explore the sublime in my work and tying it to the research I did on the building last summer.


Cozens, John Robert, Lake of Albano and Castel Gondolfo, c.1783-8, Watercolour on paper, Tate, London.

Cozens, John Robert, A Grotto in the Campagna, 1776, Watercolour on paper, Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham.

Friedrich, Caspar David, The Abbey in the Oakwood, 1808-10, Oil on canvas, Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin.

Friedrich, Caspar David, The Monk by the Sea, 1808-10, Oil on canvas, Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin.

Longstaff, Will, Immortal Shrine, 1929, Oil on canvas, ustralian War Memorial, Campbell.

Longstaff, Will, Ghosts of Vimy Ridge, 1931, Oil on canvas, House of Commons Collection, Ottawa.

Psycho, dir. by Alfred Hitchcock (Shapley Productions, 1960).

Stalker, dir. by Andrei Tarkovsky (Mosfilm, 1979).

Turner, John Mallard William, Richmond, Yorkshire: Colour Study, 1797-8, Graphite and Watercolour on paper, Tate, London.

Turner, John Mallard William, The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons, c. 1834, Oil on canvas, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia.

Turner, John Mallard William, Dinant, Bouvignes and Crèvecœur: Sunset, c. 1839, Gouache and watercolour on paper, Tate, London.

Turner, John Mallard William, Snow Storm - Steam-Boat off a Harbour’s Mouth, 1842, Oil on canvas, Tate, London.

Vertigo, dir. by Alfred Hitchcock (Alfred J. Hitchcock Productions, 1959).

Weyssenhoff, Henryk, Premonition, c. 1893, Oil on canvas.


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