The academic year has finished so I finally have a chance to post an update here, it's good to be back and to be able to catch up with everyone :)
Here are a couple of paintings I completed for @Vaishali Prazmari's Student exhibition last December, the first one I began in a class in November 2022, whilst I started painting Kali in a Spring 2022 class, but only finished her in December. Fitting these in around essay deadlines helps me keep my painting practice up and compliments my thinking about art as an art historian in training! There are rough areas to be sorted out but overall I was delighted to finish them on time, and each represents an opportunity to experiment which I find really helpful.
I recently got this one into a miniature painting exhibition in London which I was very excited about! It is heavily inspired by images of the archangel Michael which, studying medieval art, I see quite often and am always compelled by the drama of it. The face was especially challenging because it is very tiny indeed, it was fun to see how small I could go, but I think I prefer painting slightly larger faces because they can be more detailed. This is the first piece I have done entirely myself, from the initial drawing and design to the final image I did not do any tracing, it is also the smallest piece I have painted. There are definitely improvements to make in future, but for now I am quite pleased with how this turned out!
Thank you to @Vaishali Prazmari for all the wonderful teaching and encouragement! And thank you to @Susan Dobrian, @Mary Yaeger, @Alison Guest, @Nadia Khan,@Dorothy Thursby (and many others!) for the regular encouragement and support over the past couple of years! It is really lovely to have such a kind and knowledgable group of people to discuss miniature painting with. :)