Inspired by Classic Art and the Old Masters
“Girl With a Pearl Earring” Original Oil Painting, (c 1665) created by Golden Age, Dutch Painter ©Johannes Vermeer
Today post is to talk about “Inspiration” in any creative mind there is inspiration that comes from something. As an artist I get inspired by everything, just simple things like a color, a word, the shape of a cloud, the rain just to mention a few can inspire my imagination to create.
Many times I got asked where do you get your inspiration from? My answer is always the same “from everything”!
Sometimes not just visual things, but also intangible things can inspire, like a sound, music can inspire, the wind can inspire and it is from that starting point that magically trigger your mind to be inspired to create, develop and evolve your work in a beautiful creation. Often artists takes inspiration from the work of others, especially the “Old Masters” from the Classic Art as a learning process that helps to try new visions, techniques and skills. The best way to be inspired from another artwork is to change things and transform it in your own. Do not copy exactly! Just take the inspiration and add your own language, give your transformation and a new vision in order to grow your own art and identity as an artist, learn from the process. This is a great suggestion for beginners, a way to practice and challenge yourself to evolve in your work finding your own voice. This is not only for visual artists but it can be applied to writers, designers and any type of creative that use inspiration.
Inspired by Classic Art, this is my watercolor version of this famous oil painting “Girl With a Pearl Earring” (c 1665) painted by Dutch Golden Age Painter Johannes Vermeer. I always got inspired by the original painting and I have seen many other artists inspired. This painting has several things that captures my attention: the lighting, the innocent expression of the girl face, the colors and intense contrast, all these things inspired me to paint my own watercolor version of the “Girl With a Pearl Earring”. In my portrait, I left a white background, not a dark one, I focused on the light on her face, her eyes and lips. I wanted to change and give her a slightly different expression to do not copy her, but instead giving her a new soul. As you can see if you compare the two paintings, you see my inspiration from the original, but I changed her in my own style. This time I haven’t used any ink outline, is just watercolor. I also gave her an extra touch with my signature long lashes! 😉
I hope that you enjoyed this post and that will help someone to feel inspired to try this and look into “Inspiration and Transformation” as a form of learning and growth in your art!
If you do please comment below I would love to know!
❤ Details about my painting:
Pencil sketch with Alvin Draft/Matic #03 Limited Edition Mab Graves automatic Pencil. Painted with French Artists Watercolors Sennelier l’Aguarelle Artist grade, Pentel Aqua Brush – Bee Paper for watercolor 140lb, 100% cotton, cold pressed.
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