White Hat after Greuze – update 2

Still working on my Greuze study, The White Hat. Here’s where I am after tonight’s session:

White Hat WIP 12-29-09

White Hat WIP 12-29-09

This is the biggest painting I have done so far, but it’s still only 16×20 inches. Maybe I am fairly close to wrapping this one up? This has progressed pretty speedily…I think I have spent about 12 hours on this, not counting the drawing part.

Hexenring – linocut

Hexenring linocut

Hexenring linocut

I finished my first linocut, it’s of a ‘fairy circle’ or toadstool ring around a grave. In German it’s called a hexenring.

This is 4×5 inches. Linocuts are pretty interesting stuffs, you have to carve everything into the linoleum block in reverse, and then roll ink onto it and imprint on paper. I drew it all on the block directly in pencil, then pen, and then used a few different tools to carve it out. It took a long time :). I will probably do another one, but will either work larger or a bit less detailed…I tried to cram too much detail than is possible with the normal linocut tools so I had to scratch stuff out with a tool designed for scratchboard, which was kind of a pain. Still fun overall, and I like the old medieval feel of the process, like you are practicing an art form that is very old.

Lila Lee miniature (update 2)

Here’s the most recent version of my Lila Lee painting:

Lila Lee WIP 12-13-09

Lila Lee WIP 12-13-09

By the way, if you notice a similarity between this and my new version of Alice’s Picnic in Wonderland, that’s ’cause I used the same person (Cheryl ‘Rainbeaux’ Smith) as inspiration for my Alice redo…I thought she totally fit the bill of Alice :)

Altering Alice

I’m changing my Alice in Wonderland painting. Here’s what I’ve done so far:

Alice in Wonderland redo - work in progress 12-13-09

Alice in Wonderland redo - work in progress 12-13-09

I’m also going back and changing some other stuff, like my Bouguereau piece.

*Update 12-13-09:  I updated the photo in this post with the most recent version.