Sunday, February 12, 2012


I just couldn't stop yesterday and had to finish her. With the underpainting I had shown you in my last post, done with burnt sienna and titanium white, the finished piece has such a richness in color.
There were a few areas that were sort of tricky like the hand (why are hands so hard to paint?!) and the ear, but in the end it all came together.
I feel so inspired to paint at the moment. I just can't stop! I need to be thinking about my next print project, but I figure a little break is not a bad thing - when it comes time to print again, I'll feel inspired... I hope!
I just love the colors in this one!
acrylic painting on 11 x 14 inch wrapped canvas
available for purchase in my Etsy shop
I decided to enter her in this week's Illustration Friday exhibit. The theme is popularity. And somehow looking at Fiona, I am quite sure that winning a popularity contest was never on her agenda!

Happy Sunday everyone!! Stay warm!


  1. Wunderschön liebe Silke.
    Herzliche Sonntagsgrüße

  2. Liebe Silke,

    das ist Kunst.

    Alles Liebe


  3. She's so beautiful, love her softness and colours :)

  4. That has lived up to the promise of the sketch - and that says a lot.

  5. You did a wonderful job on the hand and the ear! Silke--I think this is your BEST face yet!!

  6. A beautiful painting...such detail, she seems alive.:)

  7. She's beautiful, Silke!!!
    ♥ audrey

  8. I cannot tell you how much I love this!
    So happy to see that Scriptor Senex has mentioned you on his blog!

  9. This is great. I love how the background colors complement her face so well. She's got a kind of mysterious far-away look. I wonder what's on her mind!

  10. Silke,

    Wonderful painting and I love the background too!
    Glad you are having so much fun painting,
    me too :-).
    Re my Bella: She does not chew things as a rule, she has to be in a real panic to be destructive.
    If I am with her when she hears a loud or troubling noise I can comfort her and all is well. The trouble is that I have to work and though I can take her with me now, in the Summer it will be too hot to have her in the car. I too think that if I am nervous about this it will make matters worse and I am trying to stay in the moment, but still it looms as a concern in the future and at times now as it thunders almost daily in the Summer.
    We just got the Thundershirt, I will let you know if it works.
    Happy painting! And printing!

  11. Silke- your Fiona is magnificent. She is true beauty-- I love her face-- she is almost real! Your portrait paintings are unbelievable-- what a great artist you are. Your love of painting shows through in your work.

    Have a wonderful Sunday--

  12. She is simply beautiful, Silke! I love her eyes. Wonderful work!