Oil painting by Dutch Golden Age painter Johannes Vermeer 1665. Fun fact: Vermeer did not give the pearl a hook to hang from her ear. Also it’s a bit of an illusion because he only painted highlights on the pearl rather than painting a full circle.
Oh boy was this a challenge. Probably the most difficult painting to date. Her face was a true struggle. I’ve never painted a person before and discovered that portrait painting is HARD. I struggled with everything - creating flesh tones, the eyes, the lips, and the nose...oh her nose. Poor thing had probably 10 nose jobs before I just called it a day. She went through some truly terrifying stages before ending up where she’s at. Outline drawn with a white chalk pencil and painted in acrylics.