A few months ago I purchased some Acrylic paints for my wife who was into art while in high school. She did one painting and kind of forgot about the set. I was bored one day and just messed around with them. I was never really "into art" as I was the computer nerd, logical side of the relationship and wasted my time on video games and sports(if you call cycling a sport).
Anyway I did one little landscape, and s starry night copy. Thought this was fun, and decided to try oil paints. I started following those master painting DVDs and did the apple painting and the color theory lessons. I decided I needed a break and decided to paint girl with a pearl earring, or at least try to.
I was not expecting much and from what you can see below it started off looking like a Disney character. Well I sweated and toiled over this thing for a couple weeks and decided I would photograph my progress. I must say by the end I was surprised.... greatly surprised.
I know it doesn't really look like the original but this is light years ahead of anything I ever thought I could accomplish. If anyone is struggling DO NOT BE DISCOURAGED!!! What helped me was turning the original upside down and and just spending time at looking what the master did. Hopefully this is just the beginning...
Sorry about the white balance in some of those..