View Full Version : Victorian Ghost - should I have kept going?

07-09-2007, 09:16 PM
I wanted to do a ghostly victorian woman....I got this far and liked the results so far, so decided call it finished....(and I was afraid to mess it up)


acrylic 12 X 16 on stretched canvas.


closeup of the figure....basicly thick, black background......wash for the figure's background and figure outline painted in white...

I was originally planning on airbrushing a mist over the figure also...(example below done in Photoshop).....just wondering if anyone else would have continued on to the planned conclusion or stop because it felt right? :confused:


07-09-2007, 10:16 PM
I think the mist (a little heavier) would be great BUT I also think you need to add some thin washes of color.............don't stop now. You've got some possibilties here....

07-09-2007, 10:40 PM
If you like it then it's finished, but I wouldn't call it ghostly.

07-09-2007, 11:02 PM
I agree that some light washes of background color would make it appear more ghostly, see-through. It's very pretty as is, but seems too solid to be a ghost.

Lady Carol
07-09-2007, 11:16 PM
If you are afraid, stop.

It is lovely as it is.

07-09-2007, 11:29 PM
Wonderful. Jan

07-09-2007, 11:50 PM
There is not yet a story being told, only a plot line. Let our imaginations have a little more to work with. What you have done so far is great. Sometimes I find putting a work aside will let the magic begin to work again and suddenly I seem to know what to do. It pleaseth thine eye.

07-11-2007, 02:36 PM
I want to thank everyone for their advice and comments....I'm going to give them all a good think.....but, first I'll do as birdhs suggests and put it aside for a bit (I haven't signed it yet, so will wait to see if the muse strikes me to continue.) Thanks again...:)

07-12-2007, 12:47 AM
Heh, just so that you know, signing a painting never stopped me from making more changes. It's just paint. As my other half is fond of telling me, it isn't like woodworking where you can't do it over if you mess up. We have gesso!

11-07-2008, 10:22 AM
ths is cool as it is, it's a 'technique that starts all sorts of posibilities germinating in my mind. I love it as it is, if you do continue, or did, as this is quite a while ago, hope you don't lose the quirkiness of it, it's really cool...Shelley

11-07-2008, 01:02 PM
This will be interesting either way!

11-07-2008, 01:37 PM
i think this has great potential !! ... to me, as it is, it looks like a line drawing with no volume at all ... more unfinished than anything ... were you to do thin washes to give your ghost *form* ... subtle *airy* form you'll be even more pleased with it ... i like the slight mist around it ... i'd say *feel the fear and do it anyway* !! ... you've done this once, you could do it again if you felt necessary ... i have a feeling that deep down, you want to bring it further along ... :) ... :angel:

11-07-2008, 01:40 PM
Thanks for your comments, Shelley and susme48....and it really has been a long time since I posted this one....I ended up setting it aside for quite while and leaving it like it was...but I did paint a companion for her...


11-07-2008, 01:42 PM
Violet....you are right about me wanting to do more.....I am going to try another one from scratch with that mindset...:)

11-07-2008, 02:21 PM
These two look splendid together. They have so much character. I'm glad you decided to leave her alone. The negative space actually has a neat effect, especially in a set such as this.

Mr Leal
11-07-2008, 03:42 PM
They look great as a set.

11-07-2008, 06:47 PM
They kind of look like scrimshawed mother of pearl.

Maybe a few layers of a thin pearlized glaze. Perhaps build a little depth by having more layers in a few places.