Commission- bound for Ireland




There's such a great story that goes with this painting, but I think I'll need to wait until I deliver it to the wonderful fellow who commissioned it ...in Ireland... to tell you more. I'm giving myself the gift of 12 days in Ireland this June, where I'll take a week's workshop with Robert Liberace. I'll be flying in and out of Dublin, where the man who commissioned this painting lives, so I'll get to hand it to him personally rather than shipping it. He gave me a photocopy of a newspaper clipping from 1961 when this girl was 17. I'm to paint her with hazel eyes, brown hair, blue and white necklace and blue outfit. Since there's no outfit in the photo, and 1961 leads me to think of Jackie Kennedy, I thought I'd put her in a boxy little double-breasted jacket. I think the necklace will have to hang lower. Anyway, this is as much as I was able to get painted in the two hours I got to paint at the end of my day at the gallery today. I see many corrections to make, but thought it was a good start. Three of my framed paintings sold today! Two landscapes- the pastel, "The Perfect Lemon" and the oil, "Italian Door." And my oil still life, "Tea With Sugar And Lemon. " The still life is going to Australia to hang with the buyer can look at it while she has her tea. Ah. The landscapes are going to Atlanta to be enjoyed by a neat couple I spent a nice while talking with this morning. I'm happy today.

10 comments:

Paula Villanova said...

That's wonderful that you are taking the time to visit Ireland to deliver this painting! Your solution to the client's requests seem to be very successful also...wishing you more successful days like today!

Barbara M. said...

Hi Susan,

The painting looks wonderful. That's
a lovely idea --delivering the painting in person to Ireland!!! How fun.

xoxoxoxoxBarbara

Diana Marshall said...

Wow, Susan what a challenge to paint a portrait from an old black and white photo. It is already looking good. Then to sell 3 paintings in one day well things are definately going your way too.
I have just been on Robert Liberace's web site and I am in awe, what a brilliant artist.You will learn so much I am sure.

Barbara Pask said...

HI Susan, What a great day. Things have went so well for you since opening your studio, you deserve it. Must be where you are supposed to be. :)

http://www.onpainting.wordpress.com said...

A wonderful painting. They are going to love it.

Susan Carlin said...

Thanks, Paula. I'd planned the trip to Ireland before the fellow from Dublin commissioned the painting, so it's just a great opportunity to deliver it to him in person. Thanks for vote of confidence on my choices for clothing. I'm still mulling them over and considering a blouse neckline behind that jacket... what do you think?

Susan Carlin said...

Hi Barbara, won't that be neat? I need to write him so I can make sure he'll be in town when I arrive... xxxooo

Susan Carlin said...

Hi Diana- His work is super, isn't it? Doesn't it make you want to go back to Ireland for the week and paint with me??? Pleeese?

Susan Carlin said...

Thanks Barbara P- Some days it feels just that way. Today I had the notion that I was perhaps a bit manic about it. Am I trying to live this dream as fast as I can because I think something may come along and wake me up from it? Something about that thought rang true. I'll have to mull that over...

Susan Carlin said...

Thank you Lisa? Bill? I do hope so. I could tell this woman meant the world to the fellow commissioning the painting. I really want to exceed his expectations with the portrait.