Vermeer copy, this of "Lady in the Red Hat"
also in the National Gallery. I did this very early,
maybe my 4th or 5th painting ever. In the right light
it looks very good, but it does not hold up in bright
light - my inexperience shows. I think I did this
freehand from a reproduction poster. The background I
did in one sitting and I don't think I could do it
any better today- it really looks like the original.
Even the lady is not bad - I had to compare this
photo to the reproduction for about a minute before I
could decide whether it was of the original or my
copy - but this photo does not reveal the flaws in
the texture and transparency and reflective ness of
surfaces. Vermeer's painting is sublime in the
glowing light, the perfectly smooth brush less texture, and absolutely uniform surface finish
revealing all colors perfectly.