Blue Alice, after Wonderland : 6″ x 6″ Alice Liddell portrait

Does she look familiar?  I painted this blue haired Alice but she felt so incomplete.



I had a plan to make a rainbow of Alice’s, and a pink haired lovely lives in my sketchbook waiting to be painted.  But this Alice, she felt so incomplete and a rainbow armada of Alice’s wouldn’t change that…. so I set her aside and thought about her while painting other pieces.  Should I change the background?  I added the white bow head band and now she’s perfect!



She’s a 6 x 6 cradled wood panel painted with acrylics.  I am in love with her hair! She’s part of the 20 piece’s I’ve listed on my Etsy.  I really enjoy working this size, she’s small enough that you can display her on a shelf (or mantle like in the top photo) but she’s bold enough that she won’t get lost in a collection of larger pieces.


<3 Kat

9x9 Alice in Wonderland painting by katcanpaint

Alice in Wonderland original painting Alice’s Favorite Necklace

Alice in Wonderland painting: Alice’s Favorite Necklace original acrylic painting by KatCanPaint.  Growing up, in the 80s,  I really liked The Black Cauldron and The Last Unicorn, Labyrinth, and The Dark Crystal.  Fraggle ROCK!  Inspector Gadget, JEM! I’m completely nostalgic for the movies and stories of my childhood.
color corrected Alice's Favorite Necklace by katcanpaint

©2012 Kathleen McBride, Alice’s Favorite Necklace, acrylic on canvas, 9″ x 9″ x 2 2/3″

Except, I didn’t really like the Disney version of Alice, a lot of the wit and charm from the original story seemed to be missing.   I’m a big fan of the sweeter side of Alice in Wonderland.  I remember the stories as a child holding so much magic and weirdness.  I always wanted to be Alice.  I used to imagine her going back and forth between Wonderland having adventures.

Based on that idea, I started a series of Alice paintings.  This one is Alice’s Favorite Necklace; I imagine Alice carrying mementos of her friends and adventures with her topside.

original acrylic Alice in Wonderland Painting by katcanpaint

©2012 Kathleen McBride, Alice’s Favorite Necklace, acrylic on canvas, 9″ x 9″ x 2 2/3″

I drew and painted that swirly, ornate background, I really want wall paper like that.

Can you see the Cheshire Cat and the White Rabbit?  I have so many more ideas for this series, I’m painting like a madwoman everyday.

You can visit my etsy if you’d like to purchase a painting.

<3 Kat