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Girl With a Pearl Earring WIP. masters Copy

Ok, finally getting to,the fun part.  Am still working with getting some refinements in the face.   Thank you to Renate who has spent a lot of time being my second eyes and catching things I was blind to.  
She has contributed a lot of time figuring out the tweaks and things that initially read wrong. 

 But was finally able to start to add some color.  I can't image what it was like to only draw and paint in black and white for,years under the old training methods.  But there is a beauty in just black/white or umber/White.  These guys were so smart, that even with adding the blue I already saw the face take on color from the grisaille under painting, I swear it is like magic.  

I am using a couple of techniques here, I think it is called dead color, stumbling and glazing.  By the way even with the acrylic I am using glaze, not just water, to produce glazes.  However, the glazes are highly glossy and very reflective as you can see in the neck area, so that will have to be overpainted with flat paint to tone that down as it bothers me.   I find myself going back and forth from working from opaque layers to adding glaze layers.  Also learning that the underpainting needs to be a lot lighter than you imagine as the glazes layers will darken the underpainting and you definitely want to have layers of glaze to develop the luminosity.
Thanks for stopping by and hoping you are having a great week.


renate said…
Hello Nelvia:) What a big difference the eye is!! So much nicer and friendlier, softer. Just go on with it, I think you are on the right track! Maybe you make the shadow edge on left facial part a little softer. I'm very curious about your progress. Love and greetings:) xxx
hmuxo said…
Its coming along so beautifully Nelvia. Making the edge shadow softer will make a big difference! Amazing work!

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