February 24, 2016

Painting With The Girls 55

February 24, 2016.

Day 55 (311 days to go)

Joshua Tree Picnic

Postcard watercolor 5X7 Matted


In his short life, the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) only created 34 paintings. He was a meticulous and slow painter who is believed to have used a camera obscura to aid his work. His paintings are known for being soft lit with muted colors.

E. H. Gombrich writes in The Story of Art, “It is the way in which Vermeer achieves complete and painstaking precision in the rendering of textures, colors and forms without the picture ever looking labored or harsh. Like a photographer who deliberately softens the strong contrast of the picture without blurring the forms, Vermeer mellowed the outlines and yet retained the effect of solidity and firmness.”

Towards the end of his life Vermeer experienced financial difficulties. He was only 43 when he died, and his house was filled with unsold paintings.