Victorian Lady – Figurative Oil Painting
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.
February 16, 2010
This is fabulous, Karen! Really outstanding!
Cathy Johnson (Kate)
February 17, 2010
Lovely, Miss Karen. People are SO much fun to paint…
February 18, 2010
Gorgeous work, such a perfect representation of the transparent and silk clothing.
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.