Loretta's Vermeer

Vermeer: Girl with a Pearl Earring, 1665 - a student painting at Inglis Academy

Loretta produced a great Vermeer in just one lesson.

Vermeer: Girl with a Pearl Earring, 1665 - a student painting at Inglis Academy

How did Loretta achieve such an astounding result? Because she was able to:

  1. Solve problems
  2. Discard strategies that didn't work
  3. Listen to me (for good strategies)
  4. Follow instructions

It ain't rocket science! Although Loretta is an actual scientist. Her daily work requires an objective approach problem solving.

So in art, we learn expressive subjective feelings via objective means!

Vermeer: Girl with a Pearl Earring, 1665 - a student painting at Inglis Academy
Loretta's Vermeer!

Great work Loretta!

Sketching Vermeer

I want to show you the kind of sketches we create when putting together a portrait painting.

In this case the painting is Vermeer's "Girl with a Pearl Earring, 1665".

Vermeer: Girl with a Pearl Earring, 1665 - an initial sketch

Vermeer: Girl with a Pearl Earring, 1665 - an initial sketch
Mapping the negative space.

Notice how unlike drawings they are!

A sketch is a problem solving exercise.

Vermeer: Girl with a Pearl Earring, 1665
Sketch painting.

We start with a few quick sketches to enable us to see the structure of the face.

Vermeer: Girl with a Pearl Earring, 1665
Negative space helps us place the portrait on the canvas.

Vermeer: Girl with a Pearl Earring, 1665
Learning how to rotate a cube in space helps us find the postion of the eyes, nose and mouth.

Vermeer: Girl with a Pearl Earring, 1665
Perspective: finding the vanishing point.

Vermeer: Girl with a Pearl Earring, 1665
Looking for the many nested curves.

These processes are antithetical to the absolute nonsense promulgated about Vermeer by David Hockney and Tim Jenison of 'Tim's Vermeer' infamy.

Hockney and Jenison propose that Vermeer and other Baroque masters relied heavily on optical devices to create their stunningly realistic paintings.

Look what one of my students produced in just 4 hours, using her ability to listen, think and paint.

Vermeer: Girl with a Pearl Earring, 1665 - a student painting at Inglis Academy   Vermeer: Girl with a Pearl Earring, 1665 - a student painting at Inglis Academy
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Paint Vermeer: 'Girl with the Pearl Earring'.

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    Colour analysis of a painting © Peter Inglis 2018 - www.inglisacademy.com
    Colour analysis of our Dee Why paintings.
    © Peter Inglis 2018

    In nature there is potentially an infinite range of subtle colours and tones. Of course we can't mix "infinite"... or we'd take forever!

    So what I have done is analyse the most important colours in the scene. Then we can blend using brush stroke techniques and glazes to create as many gradations of colour and tone as we feel the painting needs.

    Look at the foam at the bottom left of the scene.

    We know foam is white?
    It turns out that particular foam is actually a light blue!

    Even in the foam on the main wave there is very little white, we actually find a lot of warm tones reflecting the sunset.

    Chevreaux Colour wheel - © Peter Inglis 2018 - www.inglisacademy.com
    Remember that each colour is found in one particular place on our Chevreul Colour Wheel.