Alma in Gold

I’ve been eyeing the work of Gustav Klimt again, and admiring his use of metallic gold in his paintings. I haven’t tried using gold leaf yet, but I did use my iridescent gold paint for this latest painting, inspired by Klimt’s portraits.


Alma in Gold – 9 x 12 inch acrylic painting on Ampersand art panel (SOLD, thank you!)

More paintings can be found in my online Etsy art shop, ArtcyLucy Studio

Alma, a face from my imagination, just popped in from the corner of this art panel…literally, it was just a panel with black gesso on it, and I decided to try putting some of the iridescent gold on it, to see how it would react. I started from the top down…and then made a negative space for a face to appear…and then slowly, I started working on her features, and then the jewelry and the details. I really love her position on the panel…it’s like she just popped into view (which I guess she kind of did!). I am constantly inspired by artists of the past and present. I love to see what kind of materials they used, and what patterns they were attracted to, and what color combinations they put in their paintings. I have never seen a Klimt painting in real life, but I bet the gold in his portraits just shimmered beautifully!


I took this photo with the flash on…so you could see the metallic shine surrounding Alma.


There is even a glint of gold in her eyes.

I have a few more portraits coming up with some gold accents on them. But nothing quite as dramatic as this one! But they are all very Klimt-esque. I will be back soon to share those with you.





  1. I love that you used the flash on one of the photos -. You can really see how the gold shimmers. Klimt is one of my favorite artists. I am struggling with the Masters course this time. I’ve finished Pippen and Miro and next up is laurencin. Just at first glance I am not too crazy about the girls with the dark eyes. I feel like I just went through the motions with Pippen and Miro–some of their art I like, but mostly not so much.I am not feeling as inspired as I have in past courses. You’ve done some wonderful art–I can see why you would like Laurencin and of course Klimt!!

    1. Thanks for your comment, Janet! Yes, I too, struggled with a few artists. I learned what I could from Pippin and Miro, and then just moved on. I experimented with Laurencin’s dark eyed girls…I noticed she too, changed them slightly, sometimes adding gray, or blue. I was working on one this week, in her style…but then totally changed it to something different. I guess I took what I needed from her studies, and then moved on 🙂 I can’t wait to see what you do for the rest of the artists in the class!

Leave a Reply