Victorian Finery

HI BEAUTIES! TODAY WE’VE GOT THE VICTORIAN ONES. ENJOY!

Drawn In

How does a naturalist-artist find herself painting Victorian dresses? I’m not sure, except that I found the fantastic fabrics and fine details of the new exhibit Well Dressed in Victorian Albany quite irresistible. The gowns in the collection of the Albany Institute of History & Art are so exquisite, they make perfect artistic subjects. Unfortunately, the museum didn’t allow watercolor in the gallery, so I was restricted to pencil and pen, and had to paint later…which took away a bit of the fun. Nevertheless, this was a valuable exercise. Painting drapery requires mastery of line, volume, form, and value. I went for a fairly graphic look, with bolder blacks for the darkest areas. Had I been able to paint initially, I probably would have skipped the bold lines in favor of more subtle watercolor.

I was particularly drawn to the incredible details of collars and cuffs. I wanted to see…

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  1. M. Merce Morell

    A few “real” watercolors in detail. Congratulations!

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  2. These are exquisite, but thank goodness we can just paint these and do not have to wear them.

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