The above is all I have left of the portrait of a friend in Shropshire; it was the first of several preliminary drawings.
I reluctantly accepted the commission, and the whole job took me about 4 months to complete. The finished work was very rich in pre-raphaelite type colours. The mug later became a willow pattered cup and saucer, and her hands became covered with white stitched gloves.
The painting was stolen from the sitter's home about two years after I'd delivered it.
It could now be anywhere; even destroyed maybe. If anyone spots it somewhere, please let me know. My friend desperately wants it back.
Cro, this is off topic, but what has happened to Tom's blog?ReplyDelete
He was having trouble with people posting their blogs on his page, and he can't get rid of them. I do remember a blog I used to follow that suddenly became Indonesian (or some-such), and the person involved had to abandon it. I expect Tom'll be back in one guise or another before too long.Delete
Tell him we miss him in Blogland.Delete
I just emailed him.Delete
Beautiful work. The answer is, you have the working drawing.......ReplyDelete
I didn't even take a photo of the finished job, which was stupid.Delete
She has an amazing presence captured in that drawing.ReplyDelete
She was a 'strong woman'; not easy to work with.Delete
Even in that sketch you have been able to capture the true essence of that lady. I would have been satisfied having that sketch on the wall because I love the simplicity and the strength of it.ReplyDelete
Maybe I'll send them a copy of the drawing. Better than nothing perhaps. I certainly looks exactly like her.Delete
It must have been a very distinctive painting. I wonder where it is now. Why were you reluctant to accept the commission?ReplyDelete
The finished job was very rich in Rossetti/ William Morris type colours. I was quite pleased with it.Delete
Accepting commissions is always fraught with danger. I much prefer to paint for myself.
Why does she look cross? What did you say?ReplyDelete
She was simply like that; I didn't pull punches. The portrait was her husband's idea, I don't think she was very interested.Delete
I also wonder why she looks so angry.ReplyDelete
She wasn't exactly angry, she just didn't smile too much.Delete
Yes, Cro, she doesn't strike me as the smiling sort. For some people to look serious and stern appears to be a "life style" choice. Funny thing is, and I only admit to it in public because I have done so before, women who habitually and deliberately don't smile frighten me. Must be the cat in me who smells poison a mile off.Delete
I, myself, tend to smile from morning till night, but never when there's a camera around!Delete
Would've loved to have seen the finished resultReplyDelete
It's a pity I didn't photograph it.Delete
Well that's an interesting mystery! I would love to see it solved. I wonder why someone would steal a painting of someone else? The drawing is excellent - but a William Morris inspired painting sounds perfect! The woman has, what I believe is called, "a resting bitch face". -JennReplyDelete
I wouldn't dare describe her as that, but I know what you mean. I believe their house was stripped whilst they were away on holiday; they took everything.Delete
You could take it as a complement that the thieves wanted your artworkI I often prefer a drawing to a painting because the process is revealed. Commissions can be a nightmare, especially portraits. I've spent time both sides of the easel and it's hard to smile for hours on end.ReplyDelete
Love Jenn's description of a 'resting bitch face'!
I'm not sure about the compliment; they took just about everything! I would never do another commissioned portrait, only family.Delete
I like the prelim sketch & would have loved to have seen your finished product. Awful about the break-in.ReplyDelete
I knew they were upset about the burglary (who wouldn't be), but didn't know they were particularly upset about losing the painting.Delete
Cro, your drawing is very fine, and definitely shows us one particular woman.ReplyDelete
It is a shame about the theft, and since I am a long time fan of detective novels, I wonder...were other items included in that theft...or was it Just The Portrait?
I agree with you about commissions. Better, if it is possible, to do what you wish to do with your creative talent. Not always possible, but....
They cleared the whole house whilst they were away (on holiday I think). We had a friend here in France who suffered the same thing; absolutely everything was taken including all their tinned food, etc.Delete