Sunday, July 10, 2011

Hat Lady ~ a small work oil in progress


"Hat Lady", in progress, 5" x 7", oil on sealed clay board panel

I have such a soft spot in my heart for hat ladies! Anybody else love these classy sweet pieces of nostalgia? So I'm having fun with this small work in oil of a favorite hat lady from my own personal collection. Found her a few years ago at a little vintage shop that I like to explore in my neighborhood called "Under the Pig". I'm also looking forward to painting a miniature of a wonderful hat lady collection that I saw at the 2005 Orange County Fair in California.

8 comments:

dominique eichi said...

what great fun piece........ love it.

Debbie said...

I've never seen "hat ladies" before, this one is adorable!! I love her cute face, and little pearls, And that Hat!
I'm looking forward to see more :-)

Mona said...

Thanks Dominique and Debbie. :-) Hat ladies are usually used as small vases, planters, or just for fun decoration, although I discovered after using one as planter that over time the damp soil inside will cause spider-cracking and weaken the ceramic.

Miniature Art by Karen Hull said...

I Loooove this Mona - so happy and bright and colourful - all the things that make my heart sing. I actually just bought some claybord during the week, and the lady in the shop told me it would not be suitable for oils, so I was wondering whether the sealer you used was to help the oils adhere better?

Mona said...

Thanks Karen; to start this I toned an Ampersand clayboard panel with a thin layer of acrylic gouache and then sealed it with a layer of clear Liquitex gloss medium before proceeding with oils.

Barbara A. Freeman said...

Hi Mona, What a colorful work! I didn't know about Hat Ladies and now will keep an eye out for them. Love the face!

Miniature Art by Karen Hull said...

Thank you for that info Mona - it would be nice to work on such a smooth surface in oils, so I really appreciate your knowledge!!! :)

artbyakiko said...

It sounds like a fun project! I've never seen hat ladies. Now that I know what they are, I might find some at antique and collectible shows. :)