Monday, September 2, 2013

From Comfort Zone to Twilight Zone: Challenge Day 2

"The After Hours" 8x10 oil on panel
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Happy Labor Day everyone! Before I talk about today’s challenge painting, I wanted to announce that I’ll be teaching a fun and exciting November painting workshop in the Denver area.  I'm super excited about the workshop (it's one of my favorite subject themes!). As soon as I have more details I’ll share them here.

In the meantime, for today’s Challenge Day 2 I wanted to paint a subject a little out of my let's say out of my nature subject "comfort zone." My first thought was a figure which used to paint frequently but rarely now. Then I remembered a photo reference I took earlier in the year...

One of my “guilty pleasure” classic TV shows that I sometimes catch late at night is the original black and white Twilight Zone. And one of my favorite TZ episodes is The After Hours. 

This is the episode where a young woman name Marsha, who’s shopping  in a creepy department store for a last minute gift, slowly comes to realize (spoiler alert) that she’s really a mannequin.
Edgar Degas--The Millinery Shop (Art Institute of Chicago)
I was reminded of this episode when I saw this “party ready” mannequin in a closed boutique late night in my neighborhood. The color palette also reminded me a little of one of my favorite paintings, Degas’ The Millinery Shop—also a “boutique” painting.  Hmm..Coincidence?

Happy Challenge Painting everyone and thanks for stopping by!


  1. Thanks very much Cindy! Have a great time with your 30 in 30 challenge! Aimee

  2. Oh yeah this is lovely and love the story too. I remember that show and use to love it because it always seemed so funky, sometime creepy and just fun when I could figure them out. Love this challenge and it's fun finding new art friends.
    peace n abundance,

  3. Thanks very much CheyAnne--I couldn't agree more. I always discover new artists when Lesilie has her challenges. So a shout out to Leslie for helping us all connect--and keep busy at our easels!

  4. Oh how funny,, now every time I see Degas's painting,, I'll remember that episode too. That's neat observation. Your painting is Elegant, love the way to paid attention to your background. Look forward to seeing more of your art and hearing your stories.

  5. Thanks for your nice comment Kelly--the background is actually my favorite part too. Have an awesome time with your 30 challenge! Aimee