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I failed to get the youthfulness of the face; this face looks more mature and less innocent than Vermeer's. What a great learning experience, though!
11-07-2000, 10:06 PM
It's always a great learning experience copying from the masters. We should all do it more often.
I think that you elongated the face too much (or maybe is the scan?).
Also the colors appear a bit murky....Vermeer was a master . We can only try our best and learn from him. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif
11-11-2000, 07:15 PM
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Good Going Ruth!...I do a few masters copies too evey now and then but cause I love em sooo much and cant afford to buy the real one to hang on my wall...Try again!...You will get it right!
Hi Ruth!...Well Ive got a couple of portraits to do soon and a copy of Waterhouse's "Boreas" to do for a friend...I'll post it when done and email you so you get first crack at critiquing my repro!!
Of course Rita was awfully hard on my first portrait (Thanks Rita you helped me a lot!) so I want her to be second!
You go, Beau! Can't wait to see it!
12-31-2000, 03:22 PM
I am wondering if you were true to the techniques of Vermeer? i.e. did he use an underpainting technique and glazing and etc?? and how dod you approach it??
No, it was just an impulsive thing. I had a library book of Vermeer's paintings and nothing to do that day. It was done with my technique, which is a lot like alla prima but with some blending and reworking. (I am not yet to the point of getting it right on the first stroke, or the second, or third, or millionth.... http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif) I was particularly interested in the subtle flesh colors. This photo is too dark.
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