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"Pensive Young Girl At The Window"

Canvas size: 20 inches by 16 inches

This painting is an homage to Johannes Vermeer. I decided to render it in an impressionist style.

On the first day of painting, my goal was to establish the beginning color palette as well as sketch in the main subject. The room colors are all warm reds. I have already added a little green, the complementary color, to the girl's dress to start balancing the reds.

 

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I have also hinted at blues for the window and the complementary secondary color of orange for the sun's rays.

 

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I have added white to establish the girl's face and arm pose as the center of interest.

 

Day 2 - The painting is now completely blocked in. The sun's rays are established, and the basic color scheme has been created.

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The next step will be to continue adding green to balance the intense reds, and also adding more oranges and blues.

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Above - Up close, you can see it's still just a sketch. Eventually, the painting will contain stacks of colors - one on top of another.

Day 3 - Below, I've started to add colors to move toward the eventual impressionist palette.

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Below - In this closeup, you can better see the colors. They started to get muddy, so I quit for today.

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Day 4 - Below, I've added all of the colors, and piled them on top of each other

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Below - Closeup of the finished painting

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Below - Camera zoom to show texture of the paint