Some Sketches and Works in Progress

I've happily been painting away on several new pieces this past month, and playing with ideas for future works. Lately I've felt like expanding beyond my usual imagery and I am very excited! Below are some paintings in progress and a couple sketches in oil.

CharlotteWIP

Above is an in-progress 14" x 11" painting of the lovely Charlotte Treuse. I'm considering gilding the entire background in gold.

sophieWIP

This is a detail of a 36" x 48" oil painting currently on my easel. The head here is approximately life sized. The composition is after a smaller sketch I did last year at 9" x 12".

SophieOvalWIP

Here's a little 7" x 5" oval I decided to play with. It's maybe not as blue as this photo, done only in black and white. I'm not sure if I want to leave it as monochromatic, or treat it as an underpainting for a full color portrait.

AerialLyre

The above image is a small sketch, maybe 9" high, to work out a composition for a larger painting. I love the idea of a painting conveying the feeling of flight, and I may add an indication of the inside of a tent in the distance to convey more height.

CharlotteWalking

Here is another instance of me playing with ideas on a tiny scale. I love the way the shadow in the background is a somewhat menacing figure, and I am very influenced by Erte's Symphony in Black.

venusianqueenwip

Finally, another work in progress Venusian Queen. I am trying some new things with this one with LED lights and a futuristic costume.

I'm enjoying 2015 as a year to expand and challenge myself! Cheers~