Die Happy

"Paint as you like and die happy." -Henry Miller

Johannes Vermeer, The Lacemaker, c1669-1671, oil on canvas, 24x21cm, Musee du Louvre

***click image for zoom***

Saw this painting again last spring. I was shocked to see with my own eyes evidence of the camera obscura. Honestly, I was shocked because it was so obvious! I didn’t notice it the first time I saw it (13 years ago), perhaps because hadn’t been painting realistically/illusionistically like I am now.
This photo doesn’t quite reveal it, but the evidence is in the red thread, going from blurred to sharp as it emerges from under the blue pillow and flows towards the edge of the table, spilling over. This (depth of field) is an aperture effect, not seen with the naked eye. The burry highlight dots (a Vermeer trademark)  also reads as a lens effect.

Johannes Vermeer, The Lacemaker, c1669-1671, oil on canvas, 24x21cm, Musee du Louvre

***click image for zoom***

Saw this painting again last spring. I was shocked to see with my own eyes evidence of the camera obscura. Honestly, I was shocked because it was so obvious! I didn’t notice it the first time I saw it (13 years ago), perhaps because hadn’t been painting realistically/illusionistically like I am now.

This photo doesn’t quite reveal it, but the evidence is in the red thread, going from blurred to sharp as it emerges from under the blue pillow and flows towards the edge of the table, spilling over. This (depth of field) is an aperture effect, not seen with the naked eye. The burry highlight dots (a Vermeer trademark)  also reads as a lens effect.

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