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Saturday, February 25, 2012

New painting-flapper piece with limited earth palette

I just finished this piece for the Oil Painters of America competition. It's title "Flapper" and is 38x18" oil on linen canvas. I used the limited palette I designated several posts back with titanium white, yellow ochre, raw sienna, burnt sienna, venetian red, transparent maroon, sap green, ivory black, and blue black. It was a bit challenging in the beginning, but also very simple to use. I could not achieve any bright reds or other vivid colors, but that also makes for a combination of colors that are harmonious and complementary on a subtle level.

Her mouth probably has the most chromatic use of the red family, and I tried to scale everything else against that.

The silver shoes were fun to paint, I hope to get to paint metallic textiles again.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Costume painting class-pose two-Regency male

Here is Jeff, our handsome model in the costume class. He is wearing the new black silk satin coat I made last week.

The vest, shirt, and trousers I made a year or two ago. We bought the hat from the San Diego Steampunk convention. The boots are old reproduction wear from Ebay.

Jeff just made a great cane this week to replace the broom handle in the photos. Jeff does some of his own costume events (I call him a fellow costume nerd.)

He looks quite dapper if you ask me.

Monday, February 13, 2012

New paintings-small works

The last two weeks were a blur of painting and coat making
Here are four new paintings.
This is "Little Charlotte" 6x8" oil on linen panel

"Feathers and Beads" 11x14" oil on linen panel

"Gourd Dancer" 7x14" oil on linen panel

"Sunny Smile" 10x10" oil on linen panel

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Photos of Regency Bonnets

Spring is in the air, and people are getting out to do Regency events. After a request to see photos of my bonnets, this post will share some of the hats I have made. Our current costume for my class is also Regency themed, and photos will follow when the black silk frock coat is finished.

Stove-pipe style in blue green silk with antique trims

Yellow silk bonnet with self yo-yo trim

Hand sewn antique straw with plaid silk and vintage trims

Vintage lilac straw and silk organza bonnet

Antique brown and gold straw braid with antique silk satin and hand made ribbonwork lily

Lilac silk satin bonnet with vintage pansy flower trim and ostrich feathers

Blue green silk pleated crown bonnet with antique and vintage trims

Directoire bonnet in antique silk satin with antique gold lace

Sinamay straw cloth bonnet with antique and vintage silk trims

Bibi bonnet after historical piece, in striped red and white silk with antique silk flower trim

Tall stove pipe bonnet with antique bullion star in black cherry/purple silk and green accents

Plaid silk taffeta, with vintage straw braid, and antique bullion trimmings

Free form hand sewn hemp straw bonnet with all antique silk and metal lace trims.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Costume painting class-edwardian dress final

The Edwardian post came to an end yesterday. Our class will begin a new costume next saturday. We are doing a Regency era male costume, and I will post a photo of that later. Here is the painting demo, the quick shot is dark and cooler than in reality.

I also wanted to post a back view of the gown, too.

Thanks to Briana for a great job posing.