Monday, January 4, 2010

Gallery II: Paintings

I posted a few photos last night of this room box I've been working on. I needed a space to store and display all my paintings without a home. The photograph below was taken while I was in the midst of swapping paintings around, and experimenting with the best spots for new paintings. Here are some of the paintings that will be displayed (at least temporarily).

This was the second miniature painting I ever tried, way back in high school. The original, by Virgee Le Brun, is "Julie LeBrun as Flora".

This girl was another early-ish attempt, though I did go back in and work on the eyes later.

I haven't made a frame for this painting yet, but it will go into the box just as soon as I do. I never did figure out the marble columns of the original Alma-Tadema, so eventually I just left them alone.
This was a recent painting. The original, by Edward Robert Hughes, is incredibly detailed. The different greens of the plants were fun to figure out.
I love Vermeer, but have been really nervous about trying any of his paintings. A few new paintbrushes gave me the courage to get my feet wet recently.

This painting was only in in the box for a short while. I gave it to mom for Christmas, so it's going to have a new home. Unfortunately, I got the scale a bit off, so the head looks enormous in a dollhouse, and isn't appropriate for mom's Georgian cottage in any case, so it will probably go somewhere in our real, "big" house.

And just for fun, here is the first miniature oil painting that I ever finished. It was certainly not the first attempt, but the only one that I didn't throw away in frustration. This one won't be going in the box, but it was mixed in with the other paintings, so I thought I'd show it anyways.

Hopefully I'll have more photos soon of the box put together a bit more.


  1. These are really nice, and not easy subjects, either. I think people are so much more difficult to paint than landscapes, for example. Have you taken art classes, or are you just naturally talented?

    You said something about making your frames; did you make these? If you made them, I hope you'll show us how sometime.

  2. I agree with Texas Belle: those aren't easy subjects, well done!

    I'm also curious about the frames.

    groetjes Evelien

  3. I love your idea of a litlle gallery and you made a beautiful room of it! You have got quite a talent for painting. Your first finished oil painting looks good, I like the softness of it. Also I think you did quite well on your Alma-Tadema and Vermeer!

  4. Thank you all! I enjoy messing about with oil paints, but I wish that I knew more about what I was doing. I took lots of drawing classes in school, but only one painting class, so I'm figuring things out through internet tutorials, books, and experimentation. I'm determined that my next paintings will be smaller and simpler. For once I'm not going to get in over my head!
    The frames shown above are all purchased resin frames, since the local shops haven't had a great selection of trims lately.

  5. Congratulations ! Your paintings are superb.

  6. I think your paintings and your books are beautiful.