View Full Version : That girl and that earring - again!

Charlie's Mum
05-22-2018, 10:22 AM
Did this for the May Different Strokes challenge and although it's a painting after Vermeer's painting, I still enjoyed the work - and it's been while since I could say that!

About 13 x 16", slightly smaller than the original, and on a piece of mountboard.

Thanks for looking.:)


05-22-2018, 10:58 AM
It's a great rendition. Glad you posted it out here.

Technique? Underpainting with glazes or something else?

Charlie's Mum
05-22-2018, 11:24 AM
Nothing special Cliff - and thank you!
I gessoed the card - 2 or 3 coats at angles to give a little texture because I didn't have any crackle medium!:lol: - and the original is very cracked.
Then I blocked in b/g using Prussian and Ult blue, with a bit of magenta and green left on the palette - the original b/g appears to be black.

Roughly blocked in the tones of the head-dress and coat with approximate local colour.

Face came next and that had a base of a flesh colour I mixed (perylene red, naples yellow lt, Titanium white)- but then many glaze layers of various additions to that flesh colour - so many I was beginning to think it might all break up!

My glazes only have water added - no medium.

Having finished face and features, the top glazes for the rest were very quick over the tonal bases ...... and Vermeer's treatment of turban and gown seemed very quick and fairly rough too ...... maybe his work was to concentrate on face rather than drapery!

Limited palette for drapery - Ult blue, touch of cerulean, ochre and white ...... to make the darks I added some burnt umber and sap green - plus touches of anything else on the palette which might help get the strange tones I saw in the ref (which could have been the fault of photography or reproduction!)

05-22-2018, 11:27 AM
Beautiful rendition Maureen.


05-22-2018, 12:04 PM
This is one of the most copied paintings and most fall short in one way or another.
However yours is a refreshing rendition and very lovely, your colors are so soft and well blended.
Well Done!

05-22-2018, 12:58 PM
Just lovely your rendition!

Charlie's Mum
05-22-2018, 01:03 PM
Thank you Doug, Dianna and Onestroke!:) - I appreciate you looking/commenting.

05-22-2018, 01:14 PM
This is lovely...very delicate......it could only be painted by someone with 19th century knowledge.....GREAT JOB!.....:thumbsup: :wave:

05-22-2018, 03:34 PM
are you sure you didn't just look in the mirror and paint what you saw?......;) :wave:

05-22-2018, 04:08 PM
A lovely piece of work. Nice job.

Charlie's Mum
05-22-2018, 04:27 PM
Lol Blue - thanks!:)
Thanks Gayle.

05-22-2018, 04:44 PM
Great likeness Maureen! This makes me want to rent the movie. Excellent work!

There's an interesting wikipedia write up about this painting. It said during a recent restoration they discovered the background was originally green but organic pigments used at the time have faded.

Katie Black
05-22-2018, 07:18 PM
This is lovely, you must be pleased.

The delicate pale skin with the luminous eyes..perfecto!

05-22-2018, 08:20 PM

05-22-2018, 08:24 PM
Masterful is right.

05-22-2018, 10:24 PM
She lives again, the immortal girl with the blue turban and the earring.

Really lovely painting and thanks for taking part in the Challenge!

05-23-2018, 10:22 AM
You really did do a wonderful job on this.

Charlie's Mum
05-23-2018, 10:33 AM
Thank you so much Christopher, Katie, David, Thomas, Colin (again) and Michelle (again)!
I do, really, appreciate you taking time to view and comment.

05-23-2018, 11:15 AM
Maureen...looking forward to the next portrait....the one of you with the rose between your teeth.......O'lay! :lol: :wave:

05-23-2018, 04:59 PM
Now go to the museum and swap it with the original.... :D No one will notice ;)

05-23-2018, 06:16 PM
Breathtaking, Maureen!


05-23-2018, 07:00 PM
Mum: so glad I stopped in to see this. So well done.
I took my family to the Frick in NYC a couple of weeks ago and saw some choice Vermeers. I'm not sure he could not have handled Acrylics the way you do.......top notch.

Margaret 59
05-23-2018, 10:23 PM
Wow, Maureen! :clap: :clap: :clap: :wave:

05-24-2018, 10:09 AM
Maureen, Exquisite!!

Steve. :clap: :clap: :clap:

Vivien Maloney
05-24-2018, 11:08 PM
Wonderful work Maureen!

05-25-2018, 07:43 AM
Wonderful job

Charlie's Mum
05-25-2018, 12:53 PM
Viv and
Denver ....... ......... (and blue, of course)
thank you all, you lovely people!:)