Victorian Lady – Figurative Oil Painting

Victorian Lady
9 x 12

Along with my landscape painting, I’m getting interested in figurative work, and occasionally make time to paint from a live model as I did this last weekend at Randy Higbee’s studio in Costa Mesa. The assembled painters had the opportunity to paint this lovely woman, Toni, wearing one of her many period costumes. This one is reminiscent of a Victorian or Gibson Girl era. Rather than paint her in a contemporary style I chose to interpret her using a style more appropriate to that historical period. Painting out of my comfort zone is a lot of fun. It shakes things up and forces us to think differently about what we are doing.

Where my California landscapes might be right at home in a craftsman home or California bungalow, this one would probably fit in very well in one of those San Francisco “painted lady” Victorian parlors.


  1. Jan
    February 16, 2010

    This is fabulous, Karen! Really outstanding!

  2. Maia
    February 18, 2010

    Gorgeous work, such a perfect representation of the transparent and silk clothing.

  3. Dominique Amendola
    March 1, 2010

    How i can relate Karen!This piece is so nicely executed with perfect fluidity and great colors. I have done a few victorian figures as well. You can see them on my site whenever you have a minute. Your work is very lovely. Nice to look at.

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