What is your favorite masterpiece painting? Have you ever tried to make studies or copies of it? For the artists who have gone to art school, this is probably a no-brainer. But for artists who are mostly self-taught, this is a great way to learn.
In this article, I would like to share with you my process of re-creating Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring”. After researching many books and online resources about the master and his techniques, this is my interpretation and conclusion in action. Here are my 9 easy steps to recreating a favorite masterpiece painting…
Don’t Forget This Important Tip: Make sure you wait for each layer to dry before adding the next layer of glaze (working wet-on-dry). If you are impatient, you can always work on another painting.
Why Copy the Masterpieces Anyway? Making studies of the masterpieces will help us improve our skills, and it will increase our confidence in ourselves as an artist. When we are confident, we experience life
from a resourceful state, and this can push our own work to new levels.
After getting intimate with the masters creative processes, we no longer see them as unattainable legends, but our teachers, mentors or even our friends.
Which Old Master’s painting would you like to recreate?
Guest artist/author: Lucy Chen is a self-taught artist of untiring perseverance and relentless energy. She’s on a mission to crush self-doubt and to make herself and her fellow artists paint their biggest dreams. Get her Free 3-Part Paint with the Masters Course and learn how to oil paint with the traditional glazing technique.
***Thank you Lucy! I am so proud and impressed with your talents both in the studio and online – and all while juggling a husband and two small children! You are an inspiration. ~Lori 🙂