Pool of Tears : Studio Images

This painting is 28"x16". This is another in the series Wasp in a Wig: Paintings Inspired by the Writings of Lewis Carroll. Excerpt from Chapter II: `I wish I hadn't cried so much!' said Alice, as she swam about, trying to find her way out. `I shall be punished for it now, I suppose, by being drowned in my own tears! That WILL be a queer thing, to be sure! However, everything is queer to-day.'

Painting sketch.

Painting sketch.

Blocking in color. 

Blocking in color. 

Defining the birds and some values. 

Defining the birds and some values. 

Starting the purple rocks. 

Starting the purple rocks. 

More rocks and water. 

More rocks and water. 

Something seems to be missing. 

Something seems to be missing. 

The Cheshire added a nice touch to the narrative. 

The Cheshire added a nice touch to the narrative. 

Working from the photos I took at the Field Museum of Chicago. 

Working from the photos I took at the Field Museum of Chicago. 

Detail of face. 

Detail of face. 

Detail of Cheshire. 

Detail of Cheshire. 

Detail of hand. 

Detail of hand. 

The finished painting. 

The finished painting. 

Junc Yard : Studio Images

This painting is a part of the Wasp in a Wig Series and measures 24" x 36". Inspired by Chapter 5 of the second book, Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll. This painting shows Alice transformed into a goose and the White Queen as a sheep. The scene explores the concept of "loss of innocence" and I have illustrated this with a young oyster bringing her new beau home to meet Mom while the walrus looks on as well as with the discarded toys. 

A base of blue and the start of some Scented Rush.

A base of blue and the start of some Scented Rush.

Establishing some ground and the boots.

Establishing some ground and the boots.

A few crabs and some coral. 

A few crabs and some coral. 

Adding more definition to the values. 

Adding more definition to the values. 

I felt like the composition was lacking, so I am adding in a Mock Turtle (cow) using tracing paper to see the placement. 

I felt like the composition was lacking, so I am adding in a Mock Turtle (cow) using tracing paper to see the placement. 

Once I liked the placement, I used transfer paper to get the image on canvas and then started painting. 

Once I liked the placement, I used transfer paper to get the image on canvas and then started painting. 

Detail of the Mock Turtle.

Detail of the Mock Turtle.

Detail of crabs and boots. 

Detail of crabs and boots. 

Detail of oyster family. 

Detail of oyster family. 

The finished painting. 

The finished painting.