My brood of animals are currently on display at the wonderful, Diavola! Stop by and enjoy a pizza in good company! 21021 Geyserville Ave, Geyserville, CA 95441
About once a week I get together with two painter friends, one of which had the idea that we should each paint Vermeer's Girl with the Pear Earring. I don't paint like the old masters, nor do I know their techniques, nor am I a copyist, but I thought it would be an interesting challenge and a learning experience. I worked on and off on this painting, beginning in summer 2013 and finally saying I'm finished in spring 2014. My greatest lesson learned was the pleasure in keeping a journal of my color palette. When you take a break from a painting, then return to it, it is incredibly helpful to have a little journal with all of your painting specific color recipes in it. Overall, my painting looks very modern to my eyes and it's not line for line accurate, but I do think it captures some of the spirit of the original work, which truly is a masterpiece! I'll happily hang and enjoy my little painting, knowing it's the closest I'll come to owning a real Vermeer painting.
It was 96 degrees today and there was slim pickings amidst my roses. Luckily, I found two yellow roses ripe for clipping underneath the glorious shade of a tree. This painting started with a quinacridone rose wash, then went more towards an eggplant-ocher combo, which I didn't much care for. I decided to tone the painting down with a neutral green and created movement with my palette knife, both of which really made the yellow roses pop!
I'm lingering on painting flowers. I'm enjoying the whole process: cutting the flowers from the garden, arranging them, painting heavily and quickly, painting from life... it's really wonderful. Not sure how long I will stay with this, but I suppose I will enjoy it while it lasts.
This morning I enjoyed cutting these gorgeous, peony lookalike roses from my garden for a still life. A friend suggested that I try a time limit when painting, so I set up my easel, and gave myself ninety minutes to start and finish this painting. I found the deadline very motivating. It eliminated dillydallying and forced cutthroat decisions. And when the buzzer chimed, I really felt my work was complete.