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Happy Accidents

Last week our art group was looking into how to paint cloth and folds in fabric. As exercise we used Johann Vermeer’s painting of the “Girl with the Pearl Earring”

As it was just an exercise I used an existing canvas that had previously  been painted with a landscape. As I never was really happy with the landscape I thought I will just paint over it and prepare the canvas for next Monday’s Art Group.

As we were to work on the fabric folds during next class, I just concentrated on the girl and left the folds untouched, ready to work on it next Monday.

When the students saw what I had done, the all agreed that I should not paint on the folds but to leave it as it is with the landscape shining through.


And I agree, that it looks interesting enough to leave it as it is, even though it was just a ‘happy accident’.

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