Thursday, May 27, 2010

Some new works in progress.

The slow drying time on with oil paints has an unexpected boon. I've always had more ideas than time (and talent) to finish. With oil paints I often have to set a piece aside to let it dry for a day or two before adding the next layer- I have a ham handed approach to painting which would result in copious smears if I didn't let it set- and that gives me time to start working on my next piece. Then I can pick and choose whatever I'm motivated to work on at a particular time. I still have to buckle down and finish a project once started but it's a new way of doing time management which makes me very happy. And now on to my actual projects and shaky pictures:

This is a Victorian girl in a riding habit. Clothing is still difficult for me which is why I'm trying to take it slow adding various layers of shading to suggest cloth and fabric.

My attempt at a Jane Austen-esque miniature. With an octopus hat. Why? I think the question should be "why not an octopus hat?" Mostly rough coloring at this point, still have a lot of work to do with shading and highlighting.

The wasp woman. I'm happy with the face and skirt. Wasp, hair and hand are unfinished. Bodice needs a lot of tweaking.

I decided to list my Ingres-style painting from yesterday on Ebay. I've tried listing one thing there before without any luck but I figured I'd give it one more go before I wrote it off. Right now I feel like my listing is buried, not optimistic. Does anyone here use Ebay often? Any tips or tricks?


  1. oh my, i just love them all. but that octopus hat is my favorite-favorite!

  2. These are great! Octopus hat is my fave too!


  3. They are fantastic... can't believe you question your talent! ridiculous! I love the first one, but I'd be over the moon owning any of them!!

  4. @Diane Thanks so much!

    @Sue Thanks! I think it may be mine as well. Something about the face of an octopus always makes me giggle.

    @Abi Thank you! I'm still learning how to paint, some things I'm fairly confident in, others not so much. One day I will conquer landscapes!

    @Ayala Thank you!