Tara's Ear, by Darlene Hodgetts
Oil on wood panel, 9"x12", June 2021.
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Painting Series: EAR RINGS
Our last portrait challenged us to put extra effort into the ears, a part of the face we usually tend to neglect.
During the process, we came across a close-up of Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring, which reveals the minimal paint Vermeer employed to depict a fully formed alleged pearl. It has two strokes, one of them barely visible, no hardware, and no hook. The skin beneath is not covered; it can be seen clearly. But if you stand back, a pearl appears.
There is a difference between painting illusion and painting effect, and exercising restraint can help us transcend the first to achieve the latter.
(Series statement written in May 2021)
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- This painting is in the artist studio in Rancho Mirage, California.
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