Vermeer’s Girl With A Pearl Earring inspired this painting. My reference reminded me of his fabulous and famous piece. However there are major differences. He bathed her face in light, but here it is gently swathed in shadow with highlights produced by the light coming from the side. The background is lighter and more varied than Vermeer’s traditionally dark surface.
When I can manage it, I have a model in my studio for 3 hours. For about half that time a few days ago I worked in acrylics on canvas, after first working in conte.