Beach & Boats at Toukley ala Monet

Toukley Beach ala Monet - an original Aussie landscape by Peter Inglis.

Paint this calming seascape as Monet would have done, had he ever made it to Australia!

Toukley Beach ala Monet - an original Aussie landscape by Peter Inglis. My source photograph.

Toukley Beach ala Monet - an original Aussie landscape by Peter Inglis.
The same scene painted with soft brushes and smooth blending. (Beach & Boats at Toukley)

What will we learn in this painting?

  • Atmospheric perspective
  • Impressionist style
  • Monet brush techniques
  • Reflections
  • Seascape
  • Water

Paint this!

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 - an initial sketch
Guess-timating the angles

Vermeer: Girl with a Pearl Earring, 1665 - an initial sketch
Finding Cezanne's basic shapes: Circle - Triangle and Squares.

Vermeer: Girl with a Pearl Earring, 1665 - an initial sketch
Finding the nested circles, spirals and ellipses.

Vermeer: Girl with a Pearl Earring, 1665 - an initial sketch
Sketch painting using all the information we understood from the charcoal sketches.

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
Read more: Loretta's Vermeer

Paint Vermeer: 'Girl with the Pearl Earring'.