These are the paintings I made last semester in Beginning Painting. I've left out the first half of the semester, because I entered this class having forsaken paint and pretty much most color for the past six years. Thank you, Carl Baratta, for making me love painting.

This is the only piece in this post done in acrylic. After this we switched to oil, and I swear I'll never go back.

This is my first oil painting; that's a pen I own covered in skulls. I got it at Pantheacon one year.

This is one of my favorite painting still, and hangs in my kitchen.

We had an assignment to do a "painted collage". Basically you take random images and paint them on top of each other.

An in class "incidental painted collage". Our classrooms are pretty industrial, so all I found of interest was a door and an outlet. This painting is unfinished but remains a favorite.

Last but not least, this was the final for my class. I'm sorry the photo sucks, the painting is very dark and difficult to capture at 9.00pm in a doom room with only a desk lamp for lighting. Another painted collage, but more situational, this is set in the Tado Ando gallery in the Art Institute of Chicago, featuring Magritte's red dot from "The Banquet" (my favorite painting ever), and creeping around is the Llama Man from my childhood nightmares. Opposite him is a common theme in my mental compositions, the Arm Umbrella. (Stay tuned for my first etching sometime soon also featuring an arm umbrella.) There were some crazy qualifications for the final project.


  1. beautiful, lyra!!!

  2. Lyra your work is exquisite! Wow!!

    Your hair is dark? I remember it as blond. Will you email me a pic? reyasdottir@verizon.net.


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