Sunday, September 19, 2010


Returned to my painting, Lucky Numbers, to finish it up. 

It's done except for adding in the numbers in the white squares and rectangles.  What do you think?  Jerry says it is the best thing I've ever painted.  Maybe he meant it's the best portrait I've ever painted.  It looks like them but not exactly...could do with some tweaking but I'm leaving it after seeing a painting by John Singer Sargent of a client compared to a photo of the client during the same time, wearing the same clothing. 

You don't have to be exact.  You can have some changes - a longer neck, fuller hair or brighter skin, etc., as long as in the end people know the models know it's them.  That's my story and I'm sticking to it! ha ha

(Jerry and I helped his friend, George, celebrate his 70th birthday last night with a huge gathering at a local restaurant.  George rented out the 2nd and 3rd floors and there was a band and everyone was asked to come in 1920's costume so the place was packed with gangsters and flappers.  A fun evening.)


Vicki Greene said...

I like it Rhonda. Thanks for the observations that it does not have to be an exact likeness. I am working on a portrait and I like how it looks but it is not exact.

RHCarpenter said...

Thanks, Vicki. I put the numbers in and pinked up some areas of the skin a bit more so it's done. I think it was on the blog gurneyjourney that I saw the photo and the painting by Sargent - very interesting changes made but the sitter loved it.