Monday, July 23, 2012

Ruth Young and Alive

Oil on 12'x14" panel.
Yes I painted over the last painting(scroll down) because it really wasn't Ruth. As a painter I see how I can easily kid myself and make justifications for what's developing badly.  We artists have great imaginations. I don't like this painting better than the last two renditions but I have to be honest- especially in commission- work it really looks a lot  more like her. I am exhausted from looking and adjusting, but this is the only way to learn. I should have kept the first painting(two scrolls down)and started over, the first one was worth keeping.

2 comments:

Gary L. Everest said...

Hi Rachel,
I get it. I'm currently working on a fairly large commissioned portrait (30x24-inches) and it's been a similar experience to yours.
Back-and-forth, back-and-forth. Could've stopped a couple of times, but it doesn't matter what I like-it's what THEY like.
I'm okay with it, however, as they are very nice and exceptionally easy to work with. I hope your "boss" is, too.
I haven't posted any images yet as I'm waiting until THEY are happy with it. Anyway, commissions aren't something I seek out, so it'll be back to normal soon.
I really like each of your versions! But, you probably knew that. Great work, Rachel.
Sincerely,
Gary.

RK said...

Hi Gary, you are very kind. My client is happy which makes my day. I hope tour client loves the portrait you did, I think it's great.