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Victorian Lady – Figurative Oil Painting

February 16th, 2010

Victorian Lady
9 x 12
oil

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.

4 Comments »

  1. This is fabulous, Karen! Really outstanding!

    Comment by Jan — February 16, 2010 @ 8:12 am
  2. Lovely, Miss Karen. People are SO much fun to paint…

    Comment by Cathy Johnson (Kate) — February 17, 2010 @ 10:43 am
  3. Gorgeous work, such a perfect representation of the transparent and silk clothing.

    Comment by Maia — February 18, 2010 @ 4:53 pm
  4. 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.
    Dominique

    Comment by Dominique Amendola — March 1, 2010 @ 7:15 pm

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