Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Chawton Cottage Christmas

This is an original watercolor of Jane Austen House Museum, in Chawton, Hampshire, England, as I picture it at Chirstmas time during Jane's life.
You can see Jane Austen in the doorway, welcoming her guests.
 As Jean K. Bowden, then curator of Jane Austen House Museum said "Chawton Cottage was Jane Austen’s last home – she came to live there in July of 1809 with her mother, her sister Cassandra and their friend Martha Lloyd. She remained there until just two months before her death in July 1817. So she was only there for eight years, but in that time she wrote three major novels – Mansfield Park, Emma and Persuasion, and she got Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice revised and published."

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Map of Emma

Not too long ago someone commissioned an Emma map and I had a left over sketch.  It was really fun to paint and now there are 3 maps of Jane Austen's novels in my collection.

It is an artistic rendition of a map, on which you can see most of the places in Emma.  Highbury, Randalls, Hartfield, Donwell Abbey, Box Hill, Brunswick Square and Weymouth.  The background contains the garden dialogue and in the left corner you can see a miniature of Mr.Knightley and Emma encircled in a rosebud wreath.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Jane Bennet's Muslin Dress - The Process

This is my latest acrylic painting inspired by a lovely Regency dress I saw on Pinterest.  It looked like a perfect Jane Bennet dress to me.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art
I first painted my canvas dark and then sketched the dress in chalk.

This is a finished painting, I did most of the painting in just two colors, black and white, with just a bit of sienna in the background.  To be honest, I like it better in chalk :)