Horned Lady oil painting

This is a painting I finished around April 2008. It’s one of my first complete oil paintings, and I actually totally re-painted over an acrylic work I did in 2007, which ended up really cartoony-looking. I painted it over in oils many times as I learned what was working and what wasn’t. This is pretty much what I was going for, so I am moderately happy with it. With this “portrait” I wanted something that looked like it was painted a long time ago, that would be hanging in some creepy mansion or castle. I think I was planning on glazing skin tone over an underpainting of raw umber and white, but I ended up not doing that. Below the finished painting check out a progression of the stages this went through – I painted over it so many times! Learned a lot though 🙂

Horned Lady, oil and acrylic on panel, 8x10 inches, 2008.

Horned Lady, oil and acrylic on panel, 8x10 inches, 2008.


Here’s all the stages it went through – believe it or not, I was going for the final look in the very first one, I think that shows how much easier it was for me to use oil than acrylic! I had also learned a lot in between the two so I was better able to get the look I was trying for.

Update 10-02-08: Ugh I don’t like this painting any more, eventually I may do a digital reworking of it…here’s a start to that:

horned lady digital redo work in prog

horned lady digital redo work in prog

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