top of page

Egyptian Princess - Color Head Study

Updated: Sep 14, 2021

Artist's Statement:

Sometimes the Oil Painting Can Be a Prototype

If you have been following the past several postings, you will remember that I use charcoal drawings as prototypes, to help me better understand the images I want to depict in oil. On occasion, however, I will do an oil painting as a prototype – as in this week’s posting.

Here’s the backstory. Shortly after I had finished the oil painting of the Egyptian Princess (posted last week), the model on whom I had relied suddenly announced to a group of artists (including me) that she was done modeling. I was planning (and still am) to paint a much larger canvas of the Egyptian Princess, showing several of her handmaidens and some of the riverbank and reeds, and yet paying as much attention to the Princess’s emotion as in the charcoal and oil painting. I had another excellent model available, but I was uncertain how long she would remain available. I was comfortable using the charcoal drawing and oil painting I had already done to guide me in depicting the Princess’s regal posture and body. I was concerned, however, to have a better basis for my still evolving ideas of the Princess’s face and head, which conveyed so much of her highly controlled emotions. So, while the second model was still available, I quickly did the a “head study” posted below.

Oil on Wood Panel

12 x 36 in

Reason is the gatekeeper, but it cannot resist the rushing torrents of emotion.

Bangambiki Habyarimana

The Great Pearl of Wisdom Rwandan writer and blogger

Man [sic] is a logical machine run by the scoundrels of emotions.

Raheel Farooq writer and spoken word artist based in Punjab, Pakistan


Gallery Open by Appointment

If you have enjoyed the individual postings in the Medicine for Melancholy series or

Art as an Oasis,™ or have seen some of my paintings in person, on this website or through other media, come experience the effect of 70-80 of my paintings displayed together in my studio in St. Paul, MN.

Art as an Oasis™

Art as an Oasis is a series of occasional postings from the art of Carrie Kleinberger

providing a temporary respite from both mundane and monumental cares

complimented by words of wisdom from a diversity of others.

4 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All


bottom of page