While listening to a wonderful lecture by Kenneth Bartlett, I found out about one of the most popular books of the Victorian era, and beyond, specifically addressed to women, that is Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management of 1861. I am enjoying reading it, and contrasting it visually with images I have been collecting of female (and some male) victims on crime shows such as Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. The difference between the gentle guidance to women and the violence many women experience inside and outside the home are here depicted.
Two preliminary oil sketches:
The portrait show opened yesterday at The Arts Council of Princeton Paul Robeson Center for the Arts The other artists in the show are Kim Alsbrooks, Mary DeWitt, and Jim Doherty. Maria Evans curated the exhibition.
I am working on another painting of Gregory now. But I need to give his sister Alicia most of the credit. She dressed him up and photographed him so these are her ideas.