Creating the Painting "Girl With A Cosmic Viewpoint (after Vermeer )"

This article shows the series of steps in the implementation of an idea for a painting. The idea was to combine one of the Old Dutch Masters - Jan Vermeer – with a modern image of the Earth from space. Vermeer was master of light, and lived from 1632 to 1675. I wanted to learn from one of the great masters of light and realism. The composition worked out, because the cosmic source of our light, the sun, looks like it's the source of light on The Girl With a Pearl Earring. This was a practice piece for me too, to learn and to show that I could paint faces. This was my first face painting.

(Note: the colors can vary from shot to shot because of lighting and white balance issues with the camera.)

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