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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    Music to paint by

    As we paint we listen to great music. Our brain mirrors the architecture of the music, our body responds with Rhythm and Articulation.

    List A

    Baroque Handel: Messiah
    Classical Mozart: Opera Overtures
    Romantic Brahms: Symphony No.4
    Impressionist Gabriel Faure:
    Pelleas et Melisande
    Pavane
    Fantaise por Flute
    Masques et Bergamasques
    Soundtrack John Williams: Harry Potter selections

    List B

    Baroque Vivaldi: Il Quatro Stagioni (The Four Seasons), performed by Nigel Kennedy.
    Here is myself playing Vivaldi: Autumn with my string quartet.
    Classical Haydn: Symphony No.1 in D Major, Symphony No.2 in C Major
    Romantic Tchaikovsky: Excerpts from "The Nutcracker"
    Impressionist Maurice Ravel: Rhapsodie Espagnol (Prelude a la nuit, Malaguena, Habanera, Feria)
    La Valse
    Pavane pour une Infante Defunte
    Soundtrack John Williams: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T., Jurassic Park, Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan (Hymn), A.I., Minority Report, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

    List C

    Baroque Bach: Prelude and Fugue No.1 in C Major from "Das wohltemperierte Klavier".
    My book on this piece: Bach's Guitar: Master Chords and unlock your Right Hand
    Suite in E minor, S. 996: 1. Prelude | Allemande | Courante | Sarabande | Bourree | Gigue. Played on guitar by Julian Bream
    Brandenburgisches Konzert No.3 G-Dur BWV 1048: Allegro | Adagio | Allegro
    Classical Haydn: 05. Symphony in G major, Hob. I No. 94 'Surprise' - I. Adagio | II. Andante | III. Menuetto | IV. Finale
    Romantic Johann Strauss: The Blue Danube
    Dvorak: Symphony no.9 "From the New World", ii: Largo
    Chopin: Etude Op.10, No.3 in E | Op.25, No.5 in Em | Waltz Op.64, No.2 in C#m
    Impressionist Maurice Ravel: Chants Populaires: I. Chanson Française | II. Chanson Espagnole | III. Chanson Italienne | IV. Chanson Hebraique
    Faure: Requiem
    Pavane
    Granados: Spanish Dance No.4 in G
    Delibes: Flower duet from "Lakme"
    20c Sibelius: Orchestral Songs.
    Elgar: Enigma Variations
    Grainger: Irish Tune from County Derry (Stokowski Version) | In an English Country Garden | Early one Morning

    Here is my YouTube playlist which contains many of these pieces.