Halloween Portraits

This is my favorite time of year, I get so inspired thinking about Halloween! I’ve always had a love of vintage Halloween decorations and have a nice collection of things mostly from the 40’s and 50’s (lots of Beistle made). I’ve recently been looking over things from the 20’s, mostly german made that are just gorgeous and soooo perfect for portraits! I must have 20 items sketched out so far but am starting with a few plastic ornaments from the 40’s the first of which is this Jack O Lantern. This is the sepia underpainting, color will follow.

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Pieps the Steiff Mouse portrait

I finished up this portrait yesterday and was so happy with it I scanned it with the paint still wet! I loved this mouse when I bought him from Ebay and I just knew he would make a terrific subject for a painting. I am working on the Steiff tabby cat portrait now…

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Pieps the mouse

I am so happy to finally be able to start my portrait of Pieps the mouse (by Steiff). I won him on Ebay back in June and I knew already how I wanted to paint him. I love how his arms are outstretched, it gives him so much emotion! I decided to leave the little hole in his ear left by the Steiff button that is lost, I think it gives him character. This is the underpainting done in burnt umber and white but I imagine the final won’t be far from this as he is all beige with just touches of pink in his ears.

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Gentlemen Doves

For some reason I didn’t post these in progress. Probably because they are a little different in style and I wanted to see where they were heading. I sketched these out over a year ago and even converted them into needlepoint charts which I’ll probably be working on for the next year. The sketches have been hanging on my wall of ideas waiting for me to decide how I wanted to approach them and finally a few weeks ago I just dived in and began. I am very happy with them; they are a little whimsical but I think they convey the warmth and dignity of the humble mourning dove which is after all my favorite bird.

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Mousy finished

I am very happy to have finished Mousy this week. He was a challenge as he is so old and worn but what character he has in his face! I just love him.

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Mousy Painting

This week I was determined to get the under-painting of Mousy done. I like to start off with burnt umber and white on a gold toned ground. It gives me a good foundation to work up from.

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Drawing of Mousy

This is the preliminary drawing on canvas of a new portrait I am working on.┬áIt is of a stuffed animal named Mousy who is the beloved childhood toy of a very dear friend of mine . He is worn and floppy and shows all his years of love and affection. I’ve gotten very attached to him as I’ve been working on the portrait and I can’t wait to see how it develops!


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