I began this portrait in sepia tones as I do most of my paintings and liked it so much I decided to finish it without adding color. I think it gives it a spooky and old fashioned look and reminds me of my Halloween portraits of my dog Bingo. I'll be selling prints of it in my Etsy shop Curious Portraits beginning this weekend.
I have been in a bit of a creative slump lately, mostly because I've been consumed with my textile design work; working weekends and really not having time to think. However I am happy to think that Halloween is right around the corner (I know that may sound premature to some of you but it is my favorite time of year and I am thinking ahead). I have been planning some "odd" still lives for awhile using some of the odds and ends around my apartment such as my mannequin hands, my replica human skill, vintage doll heads and a stuffed raven. Let's see if I actually find time to begin a painting this week... I don't have a bell jar yet but I'm sure I can find one. The squiggles in the background indicate a moody damask wallpaper.