For years I've been studying the paintings of Peder Mork Monsted. I love the way he captures values, color, lighting, and form. Here are 4 of my studies of his work. He worked in oil paint, but I thought I'd see if I could reproduce his technique in several different mediums.
Acrylic paint (Golden Matte Acrylic)
Acrylic paint (Nova Paint)
What amazes me about Monsted is that his paintings seem almost photographic, but they are actually fairly loosely painted. I think it is his mastery of values and lighting that creates this effect. My first attempt was with oil paint, but I discovered that I can capture this style just as well in acrylic or casein.