"kay leaves the palace of ice"





“kay leaves the palace of ice” from the “snow queen”.


this scene depicts the moment when kay has solved the snow queen’s puzzle & has become his own master as well as a won a new pair of skates. however, he’s not ready to grow up & leaves the palace of ice with gerda.  

the window is based on the famous rose window in chartres cathedral. 

the snow queen wears a victorian dress & a norwegian headdress.


the original painting is india ink, watercolor & oil pastel, as well as black acrylic paint. acrylic absorbs light rather than reflecting it so i rarely use it. i like my paintings to have the luminosity that watercolors impart. however, i used always used it on the snow queen’s hair. i wanted to her to be devoid of light, like a black hole. i also used it on a few of her interiors. it’s flatness gives the stained glass the illusion of glowing light. the painting measures 14″ x 17″. it was painted on strathmore bristol smooth 100 lb. paper. i wrote about this paper here: you can buy a print of this painting here: etsy prints!   


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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Daniel says:

    Betty…. this is fuckin crazy good

  2. Wow, this is just beautiful. I want to go inside "Kay Leaves the Palace of Ice" so I can just stare at every tiny detail.

  3. thanks guys 😀 this was one of my favorite projects.

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