Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Don't just sing for supper, yodel for it.

Vermeer- Part 3

"After Vermeer- "The Milkmaid" " ACEO
Coloured pencil on Mi-Teintes

Welcome back, dear reader!

So there she is, the yodelling milkmaid.

Despite taking on this project at the worst possible time of year I must admit that I'm enjoying it, contorted faces and all. The Vermeer ones are much more time consuming but I'm learning quite a bit from both his work and van Gogh's. I've been able to boil it down simply to this: the van Gogh pieces loosen me up and the Vermeer's make me rein everything back in again. Plus I'm getting to analyze VG's colour use and Vermeer's ability to play with light.

So, for the next 2 pieces I've decided on I picked "Gauguin's Chair" by VG and "Woman Holding a Balance" by Vermeer. I can already hear myself grumbling while doing the Vermeer. :)

While I've held off on starting the Vermeer I have started (and almost finished) the van Gogh. Here's parts 1 & 2:

Van Gogh "Gauguin's Chair"- Part 1
Coloured pencil on Mi-Teintes

Van Gogh- Part 2
Coloured pencil on Mi-Teintes

Truth is, this one is pretty much done. Between cleaning up after Cutter (there's pieces of bark all over the house), trying to get regular chores done, Christmas preparation and the general hooplah that constitutes living on a farm (Oh good! The water trough for the horses is frozen!... and here comes the hay wagon!) I'm surprised I've been able to get anything done with this project. Tis' the season for too many things to do and not enough hours in the day.

Speaking of getting things done, I'll be doing my end of the year wrap up later this week. I'll have a look-see at the plan I set out for myself at the beginning of the year and see where I stand now. Now if you'll excuse me I have dogs and cats running both willy and nilly through the house and in keeping with what I've learned from the Vermeer piece I must "rein them in".



José said...


Vermeer is one of my favourite painters, together with Girodet, Caravaggio, Hubert Robert and a few others.
You did a great interpretation of the original.

Kind regards,


Rita said...

Hi Jose!

Thanks for stopping by and thanks for the kudos on my "mini Vermeer". :)

Caravaggio is a favourtie of mine as well and I do enjoy Girodet also. There's just something about their work that's so captivating...