#PPF Mad Hatter Painting

If I’m honest,the mad hatter as a character never pushed any of my  buttons. I like insanity if it’s presented in a quieter,wittier,okay, less deranged way.

The Mad Hatter kinda spooked me in the Disney cartoon version of Alice in Wonderland which was my first experience of Wonderland. Later in high school I read Lewis Carroll and liked the story even more but the mad hatter still didn’t seem for me.

It took Tim Burton and Johnny Depp to make the Mad Hatter interesting to me. (And honestly of that duo doesn’t have the power to make someone interesting to me than no one does.)

I did not want to paint the Tim Burton/Johnny Depp version of the Mad Hatter but I did want a mad hatter that I could love just as much. I came up with this:

Mad Hatter

If he reminds you of a song about a babe with the power than you’re my kind of people.If not then he’s original and straight out of my head. I’m not sure if I will work into him more. My husband says to leave him and I like him so maybe I’ll just do other versions of him. I’m sharing this with Paint Party Friday as my thing I painted this week.

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Alice, a mermaid and Poseidon,oh my!

I have been working on several projects lately. I had intended to focus solely on the Wonderland theme but my mom had surgery recently and she’s come to stay with us. It’s a little hard to have my canvas and paints out right now. It doesn’t bother me because I got Alice out of my system before my mom actually had surgery,I was able to finish her the day before,actually. And she was a painting I had been keen to work on and finish before going on to the Mad Hatter and White witch.



I’m still getting art time but I’m more focused on getting better at drawing from life (I’m not sharing these at this time,or maybe ever) and also doing some watercolor work. I stumbled upon this mermaid that I had drawn for a Summer of Color challenge last year…or the year before,not really sure. I decided that I wanted to add color to her and this is her now:


I’ve been wanting to try participating in Illustration Friday and I noticed this week’s theme was beards. Who better to draw a beard for than Poseidon? (My husband walked by pre-color and thought I was drawing a shirtless Santa so okay,there are other options when illustrating beards but Poseidon was my choice. My Siren needed a daddy…or something.


I’m thinking of working on a mermaid on canvas series in the future,right after my Wonderland canvases are done,of course. Or maybe during? Sometimes you have to let paint dry afterall. 🙂

I’m submitting the mermaid and Alice for Paint Party Friday

and the bearded Poseidon for Illustration Friday.

My Red Queen amid Interruptions

I haven’t gotten much done this week in the way of painting. My mother has been in town all week and although I like spending time with her,it’s kind of impossible to get any artwork done when she is here.

I know this because I tried to sneak some painting in on Tuesday and I ended up losing the translucent quality to my Red Queen’s face that I really liked. My mom had been in the shower but she came out just as I was mixing the flesh tones on the face and well…I do not paint well in front of others. (Especially when those others start telling me stories about how they used to go to a certain park with their younger sister and how she’d like to visit with her before leaving town,hint,hint.) Oh well.

I kid-I mean that is a true story. I did have to say yes, we can probably do that later I ‘d just like to use this color I’ve mixed up before it dries. My mom did end up sitting on the couch to wait and cleared her throat several times letting me know she was waiting…but she’s older and it’s kind of her prerogative for putting up with me during my teenage years. (I was pretty high strung,overly-sensitive and okay,awful if I’m being honest.)


Here’s my queen and I think she’s finished. I’m tempted to mess with the background to make it lighter again but I’m stepping away (for)now.



BLOODY ROSESI want to put her in a local gallery exhibit that will be showing next month called Seeing Red. I know she’s more illustration-esque than gallery-ish but I’d like to show her anyway. If I get to finish an Alice to go with her I might show her as well. I’m planning to get lots and lots of painting done next week.(Knock on wood.)

*Update:I did end up putting her in the local exhibit and she sold! This is the first time I’ve ever sold my art and I was surprised,thrilled and a little tiny bit sad she wouldn’t be coming home with me,lol. I hear this is normal for a first sale though. I plan on painting another Red Queen but in a different pose,soon.:)


I also wanted to share the ACEOs I had started that led to this painting. As you can see I need to finish my Queen.:) I’m participating in PAint Party Friday again. (This is a very late entry I know,but I love this linky!) 🙂





Second Update: This ACEO card is now finished and available for sale in my Etsy store.:) (Close up below.)

Red Queen ACEO

Red Queen ACEO


Seeing Red


My  project this week has been my take on the Red Queen. It’s spun off from an ACEO series of Wonderland that I started first. I drew  Alice with her cat,  Dinah and the White Rabbit in the background for the first card I did and then I started on my Red Queen. My plans are to finish this one and then go on to do the White Queen and the Mad Hatter. As soon as I drew her out however, I realized that I really wanted to do something different with her and also make her larger.I’ve always had a soft spot for this lady for some reason.

It’s not ideal to start with a change in your ideas and then go back to your original train of thought.(Why do I do that so often?)

When I first drew out my queen for the ACEO she had big hair. For this painting I traded her big hair in for a hair covering instead.

And then applied heavy white paint in order to block out the red background.

And then wanted her to have hair similar to the card image I had done first of all. (Ugh)

I definitely like her hair now better than I liked the head covering but there’s a white outline that keeps poking through so I’ll have to keep fiddling with that to get it right. (My husband mentioned the hair needs more dimension anyway so I do think with a little gesso and more paint it should be okay….(I hope!)

There’s a lot more work that I want to do with the way the hair falls in front and with the background still but here’s my Red Queen so far.


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