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walter.cozzoli
04-25-2014, 04:13 AM
Hello guys. I started a very ambitious project: to copy the Milkmaid Vermeer. I do not know if I will succeed, but I like impossible challenges. However, there is no way I will follow in the techniques of Vermeer, but I prefer to do my own thing. . After a draft of acrylic gesso I started to paint with a mixed technique, wet on wet and wet on dry. Do you have advice for me before I go mad when I see it will be a failure?

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walter.cozzoli
04-25-2014, 06:09 AM
Hello guys. I started a very ambitious project: to copy the Milkmaid Vermeer. I do not know if I will succeed, but I like impossible challenges. However, there is no way I will follow in the techniques of Vermeer, but I prefer to do my own thing. . After a draft of acrylic gesso I started to paint with a mixed technique, wet on wet and wet on dry. Do you have advice for me before I go mad when I see it will be a failure?

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Nathalie Chavieve
04-25-2014, 10:06 AM
Here is a short video ( you can find it in the right lower corner of the web page. You can enlarge it, too ) of how one french painter Andre Fisch make a copy of the "Milkmaid". It is in french, but theres is not so much speaking, anyway. Hope, it will help you in your way of copying.

http://www.stagesdepeinture.fr/

AllisonR
04-25-2014, 01:19 PM
Your attachments in post 1 come up as error, no image. I think you should study his pigments and methods from the essential vermeer site before you continue. You have thick, heavy paint in the face already - Vermeer would have had thinner layers in flesh and "air".

walter.cozzoli
04-26-2014, 03:39 AM
Work in progress 26-04-2014
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ianos dan
04-26-2014, 09:41 AM
Although l'm not an adept of making grisaille ,you are on a good road :).just make sure you don't put to much thick layer there ,those brush marks would probably be made on the last layers .(l have to take a look at the original )
Nice underpainting ,l will follow your posts :)

walter.cozzoli
04-26-2014, 02:11 PM
Thank you Ianos Dan

ianuk
04-26-2014, 03:32 PM
You paint some of the best old masters I've seen here, and many other places, you're doing a great job.

walter.cozzoli
04-29-2014, 02:39 AM
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Nigel Teo
04-29-2014, 10:08 PM
You paint some of the best old masters I've seen here, and many other places, you're doing a great job.

walter.cozzoli
05-01-2014, 03:14 AM
Work in progress 05-01-2014
Small mistake pictures make it seem like
the longest copy
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walter.cozzoli
05-02-2014, 05:42 AM
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BrushBeater
05-02-2014, 12:02 PM
Its great to watch your progress. What process do you do for your grisaille? earthtone and thinner, earthtone and white, any mediums, do you premix a series of say 7 shades? I am always interested in the process behind a great work.

ianos dan
05-02-2014, 12:29 PM
It doesn't look so impossible to me ,after all :).
The monochromatic underpainting looks great so far , l think it will be a fantastic copy !
great job !

walter.cozzoli
05-02-2014, 01:35 PM
It doesn't look so impossible to me ,after all :).
The monochromatic underpainting looks great so far , l think it will be a fantastic copy !
great job !
in fact, while I proceed with the work I realize that the difficulties can be overcome but it takes a lot of concentration on details.

walter.cozzoli
05-02-2014, 01:51 PM
It doesn't look so impossible to me ,after all :).
The monochromatic underpainting looks great so far , l think it will be a fantastic copy !
great job !
The colors that I use for grisaille are: Titanium white, ivory black, ochre yellow and Red Mars. I like to mix these four colours to get 2 main colours: one for maximum light and the other for deep shadows. The intermediate colors make them during the work from 2 main colors

walter.cozzoli
05-04-2014, 04:39 AM
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sidbledsoe
05-04-2014, 07:59 AM
It looks superb and very close to the original. I can only see a few tiny little variations in calues here and there like the basket in front. The drawing is extremely accurate. Did you use any type of a guide or did you draw this all by freehand?
The original has a nail in the wall with a cast shadow, it is above the maid and to the left, I don't see it in your painting, yet.

walter.cozzoli
05-05-2014, 03:03 AM
It looks superb and very close to the original. I can only see a few tiny little variations in calues here and there like the basket in front. The drawing is extremely accurate. Did you use any type of a guide or did you draw this all by freehand?
The original has a nail in the wall with a cast shadow, it is above the maid and to the left, I don't see it in your painting, yet.

Of course my "Work in progress" are used to seeing you all the various stages of implementation. They do not, therefore, claim, to see the finished work. It 'clear that what is lacking or that is very different from the original is due to the fact that has not yet been painted or that is in the process of sketch. Regarding the drawing, I have several methods to execute: Hand free with the help of the grid, Video projector, Carbon paper. In this case I used the grid.

walter.cozzoli
05-06-2014, 04:31 AM
I have finished the first phase, ie the "grisaille". Now I have to wait until the painting is completely dry to switch to the layers of color, some areas will be painted with color impasto, other areas with transparent glazes. Details will be made ​​at the end.
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walter.cozzoli
05-08-2014, 05:03 AM
Work in progress: the second phase began with the first glaze, very light. Several of them will be made, waiting for the complete drying of the glazes.
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walter.cozzoli
05-12-2014, 03:40 AM
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Dana Design
05-12-2014, 10:45 AM
This is so beautiful! It's quite an incredible copy...very well done!

walter.cozzoli
05-19-2014, 01:56 AM
The project (in) ....possible. Finished.
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sidbledsoe
05-20-2014, 04:14 PM
It is just a beautiful copy of a great painting.

saintlukesguild
05-20-2014, 11:23 PM
Hi Walter,

Any one can copy a Vermeer. Painting the way he did is the impossibility. Your copy is very worthy of the Master. I did a copy of this painting some 15 years ago. I hope you don't mind if I post it here. Maybe others will join in try copies and extend The Milkmaid thread.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-May-2014/37454-Kitchen_maid.jpg

walter.cozzoli
05-21-2014, 08:05 AM
I'm glad you entered your copy of Vermeer and I hope that others will do the same thing. Good luck.

ragman100
05-30-2014, 05:13 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-May-2014/976255-EJMart_024.JPG walter:
I too enjoy making copies, although your work is vastly superior to anything I can produce. Like you, I make no attempt to imitate the masters technique and my colors are probably off base as well, however I derive great satisfaction at coming close in duplicating the masters work, I often add still lifes or other features to make the work mine. Attached is my version of the Milmaid.

paddu
07-06-2014, 07:34 AM
You are going to make it possible! Lovely job, it will be beautiful!