You might ask why I tried this difficult subject for my first oil painting. Sculpt but never paint.
I thought it would be a challenge but until I started researching the method of execution didn't realize the size of the challenge. Anyway, I chose grisaille as it was probably the way Vermeer painted the original. My biggest problem now is that the Vermeer looks "lit from within" and my rendition looks chalky/milky and flat. I painted a "test" and had similar results. Decided to use flake white instead of titanium (used in the test) thinking the pigment in titanium was the culprit. Not the case - obviously. I keep warming the flesh tones up with med cad red or vermillion - which changes the values and flattens out the tones. Then I add back lights which chalks it up again. I keep going back and forth with no success. Can't figure it out. Does someone have a suggestion? Any comment greatly appreciated!