Monthly Archives: January 2013

Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring

The image above, Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, is my favorite among his paintings. In my art class in 1996, when Vermeer’s works were shown at the National Art Gallery in Washington, DC, my art teacher asked us to copy it. Armed with just a small magazine print of the painting, I started working on a 16″ x 20″ canvas. Below is what came out:

You will see the difference outright but it was not a bad attempt considering that I had only been painting for two years then.


I painted “Voices of Hope”to express my solidarity with the protesting women of the Middle East whose voices against the carnage in their homelands are muffled by politics and guns.

Copying images – theft or compliment?

I google myself rarely but did several days ago and was surprised to find my painting Grief (below) in a few sites. I had the same experience a couple of years ago and wrote on the blog of the author, asking why my permission was not asked before posting the image. The image had been taken out. This time, I posed the same question to the blogger, got a huge apology and my image was taken out. He studiously looked for my name to give me credit and that was much appreciated.

I have a website and a blog so my paintings are “out there” and can be used. I have no watermark to protect it because I don’t like watermarks – it ruins the image, I think. In this day and age of the internet, images can be easily copied and used, copyright notwithstanding.

“Grief” has been used quite a few times in people’s blogs to reflect their feelings about a personal or public tragedy and I am flattered. I am proud of this piece, as well as my other paintings of “suffering women”. But I would appreciate it very much if those wishing to use any of my images to ask my permission first and not to attribute their postings to me.

Grief, Oil on Linen, 31" x 25"

Happy New Year to all!

I wish everyone good health, good cheer, and better circumstances in your endeavors. I might as well wish myself the same things. A few thoughts about my art came to mind:

Where is my art going? Is it going anywhere? Does it matter? Of course, it does to any artist. Will I carry on painting? Of course, I will. I just hope that my website will help my art gain exposure and that it will eventually translate into sales so that I can paint some more!