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11-17-2010, 10:51 AM
The Lady in White
Acrylic on canvas 16″ x 12″ (40cm x 30.5cm).


hi everyone. Here's a painting i completed this week for an end of year show at Kustom Lane galley

I created the texture using heavy modeling paste. this was put on with palette knife over the gesso before i started painting.

The darks in the curtain is a mix of burnt umber and ultramarine blue.

the gray/green shadows in the dress is a mix of white, a tiny bit of thalo blue and a touch of burnt umber.

Golden paints were used.


Development sketches







11-17-2010, 05:25 PM

11-17-2010, 06:17 PM
Nice. . . and I love how you showed all the stages and then the finished work and close ups of texture. VERY cool. TY

11-17-2010, 07:55 PM
Thanks for posting the art process. Looks great. A story here.......

11-18-2010, 12:02 AM

11-18-2010, 06:27 AM
I Like it a lot, her eyes are beautiful and hair and dress look super. She reminds me of a gal who might be in one of Mickey Spillanes old books.

11-18-2010, 03:04 PM
Really love the texture in this piece. Very nice work.She looks so angelic to be holding a gun:)

11-22-2010, 01:25 AM
Thanks everyone for your feedback and kind comments

purplepansey, yes pulp covers were a big influence on this one. I couldn't edit my initial post so just in addition:


This piece was completed for the big end of year art sale at Kustom Lane gallery in Hawthorn.

Check out all the details here

My main inspiration came from pulp paperback covers from the 1960's (particularly artists like Robert Bonfils). Many of those covers not only had provocative imagery and titles but were painted in a rough dry brush that gave the artwork real energy.

In regards to the lady's appearance I was inspired by two animated movie characters. Ginormica from Monsters vs Aliens and Mirage from The Incredibles. Both have white hair that contrasted strikingly against their skin and i wanted a similar effect here.

In my first sketch i had her holding a wine glass but a gun seems more appropriate and in keeping with the pulp theme. It also creates a greater sense of intrigue. As you can see in my development sketches i had a lot of trouble with her face. Eventually went for cute younger look rather than a sultry appearance.


11-22-2010, 01:56 AM
LOVE IT!!! Great work !!