Kickstarter Campaign for Summer Residency in NY

Oil Paintings of New York's Burlesque

A couple weeks ago I launched a Kickstarter Campaign to help me pay model fees while I attend a residency with the Art Students League of New York at their Vytlacil Campus in Sparkill, NY.

I am just over the moon that I met my $3500 goal with 9 days to spare, and have added a stretch goal of $5000 to allow for furniture and props. If I reach my stretch goal, I will create a video of my painting process at the residency and every backer will receive this, regardless of pledge amount!

These are the models funded by my Kickstarter campaign!

These are the models funded by my Kickstarter campaign!

There are numerous pledge levels with rewards ranging from a personalized postcard and signed posters to limited edition prints and original artwork.

Original charcoal drawings available through my Kickstarter campaign.

Original charcoal drawings available through my Kickstarter campaign.

"Venusian Queen" available as a limited edition print through my Kickstarter campaign!

"Venusian Queen" available as a limited edition print through my Kickstarter campaign!

There are just 9 days left in the campaign if you'd like to contribute and snag some great art! You can keep track of my progress here, on my homepage, and on my Kickstarter page.

"Charlotte Treuse II" and "Venusian Queen" Nearing Completion

I'm happy to share that the following two paintings are close to being finished! The painting of Charlotte is awaiting gilding in the background, while Venusian Queen will get more work on the face and body and glazing on the costume.

Charlotte Treuse II - In Progress 14" x 11" Oil on Canvas Adhered to Panel

Charlotte Treuse II - In Progress 14" x 11" Oil on Canvas Adhered to Panel

Venusian Queen - In Progress 12" x 12" Oil on Panel

Venusian Queen - In Progress 12" x 12" Oil on Panel

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~