Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Ohhhh Botticelli!

Lady of the Birds 14 x18 Acrylic on Canvas

I took a lot from Botticelli on this one.  The shape of her face, the color contour of her face and the clear blue eyes.  I especially love how Botticelli uses a dark background with striking ethereal lights in the foreground.  You all might find this interesting - I never use black in my paintings.  (Only when I paint the gallery canvas sides - I don't like to waste the good paint on the sides)
It is always all color - which lends to the richness of the painting.  I "make" black in different ways depending on the painting.  For this painting I used a mix of Hookers Green Deep Hue (Golden Acrylics) and Van Dyke Brown and for some parts I added a little bit of Prussian Blue.  Well that's my tip for the day.  See you all soon.



  1. Another master piece. I love the little birds in this one! Wow Carrie- Your work really calls to me!

  2. Great way to make black!! Thanks for the tip -- and this Botticelli inspired work is truly beautiful.

  3. She's beautiful!

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  4. I just found your blog. Your work is beautiful!!