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.
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