Friday, January 23, 2009

"Sittin' Pretty" ACEO Little Girl in Victorian Garb.

This is a little girl, dressed up in Victorian costuming.
She is part of a local historical town's re-enactment society.
She was totally adorable. I want to do a large painting, but settled on an ACEO - which is 2.5x3.5".

I have her listed on eBay. But only for 3 days.
She took hours to do. There is much more detail than shows in the scan.


Thursday, January 22, 2009


ACEO, 2.5 x 3.5 inches, watercolour and gouache, 2009.

Lulu - the femme fatale, the dancing girl, the thief of hearts!


ACEO, 2.5 x 3.5 inches, watercolor and gouache, 2009.

Aqua sits underwater, her green hair flowing, as she searches for shipwrecks and treasure.

Underwood # 5

This is the first after a long time:

Watercolor on Favini 180lbs artist paper painted with Winsor & Newton artist's paints. 13 x 10 inches.

This is a typewriter, the glorius Underwood model Number 5, a museum piece and one of the most appreciated ever.

I love those old objects that also if not very easy to use bring back memories and feelings.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The Romanov Children Study

8 x 10 inches, watercolor and gouache, sketchbook, 2009.

This is a rough sketch for a commission i am working on. It's a portrait of the Romanov children who were murdered at the start of the Russian revolution. The reference image is black and white but the finished painting will be in colour so this sketch is a colour test as well as compositional - I have moved Alexei to a central position whereas in the original photo he is on the far right. I didn't worry too much about likeness as that will be more important in the final painting.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


2.5 x 2.5 inches, watercolor and gouache, 2009.

In mythology Telemachus is the son of Odysseus and Penelope. His father missing after fighting in the Trojan war, he goes in search of him and along the way becomes a man and hears stories of his father's exploits.

Monday, January 19, 2009


8 x 11 inches, watercolour, 2009.

Another self-portrait for the EBSQ Self portrait show and WNW January Challenge, and also a companion piece to "22", my previous self-portrait of myself aged 22. This portrait is intended to show not only how I have aged over the 20 years but also how I see myself as a happier and more relaxed and contented person.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

In the works

Gradually growing into larger work, this one is 12 x 16 (in progress) and will be matted at 11 x 15, give or take. Need to decide on a background and I'm not sure how dark I want to go. I like a mid value background so I can play with a cast shadow but a deep color would surely make the white orchids pop!

If you have an opinion, comment and share it. I'd love to hear your ideas.

Did you ever wish you'd stopped sooner? I do...

This isn't exactly what I had in mind. The dark really washed out the colorful whites and made the whole thing flat. What a great learning experience.