Self Portrait, and Sharon Stone- from sitting.


Ok, I broke every rule on this self portrait. I painted individual teeth, for starters. You don't do that. I admonish students not to do that. I try so hard not to paint so 'tightly' in general, yet this painting is terribly tight. Sigh. Just forgive me and we'll move on, shall we? I will say it was fun to do a self portrait in which I actually look happy -accomplished by the fact that I worked from a photo taken by a photographer friend. Most I've done from looking in a mirror and there has been a serious look on each of those. If you know me, you know that I don't often look serious. The goofy grin is more likely.

This beautiful woman is Sharon Stone. Maybe not the Sharon Stone you know from movies, but it is her name, nonetheless. Last Saturday I was called by the La Villita office, asking me to please be painting that day as the Travel Channel would be in La Villita taping an episode about San Antonio. I accosted Sharon and her husband, Ivan, the moment they walked into my gallery that morning, pleading for her to model for me later in the day. She agreed and, true to her word, she returned to sit for me for 3 and a half hours. The Travel Channel never arrived, having run out of time earlier on their route. Ah well... I enjoyed our conversation so much and she loved her painting. I took a photo of her before she left and worked another couple of hours on it Monday. Below: Ivan, Sharon and Sharon's portrait.


I'll be painting online tonight at 7 p.m. Central time in case you can swing by to say hello... www.ustream.tv/channel/susancarlin
Hope to 'see' you there!
Susan

18 comments:

Ann Reyes said...

Wonderful paintings, Susan! Your self-portrait is awesome, and the hair is the awesom--est part!!!

Too bad about the Travel Channel. They just don't know what they missed.

Annice said...

Love them both, especially your self-portrait.
Every time I look at your paintings I just drool.

Ann Rogers said...

Fabulous on both counts!

Crystal Cook said...

Truly beautiful work! I love both of them. Very, very nice :)

I have a hard time painting self portraits, I don't like to look at my own face for that long :) But yours is fabulous!

Linda said...

Both portraits are beautiful!

Lokelani Forrest said...

I love your sp...why not paint individual teeth. You've done a marvelous job in that respect and the overall portrait. Fabulous on both portraits. Sorry Travel Channel didn't show up.

Gwen Bell said...

A beautiful self-portrait of a beautiful woman...inside and out!
I think the teeth look GREAT!

Sorry the Travel Channel didn't make it. Their loss! But what a great portrait and experience you got out of it.

sam said...

Lovely portraits Susan)

Ruby said...

Susan, I love your self portrait. I love your smile. That's the way I remember you, smiling and happy. Wonderful work!

bondearte said...

Bravoooo!
His works are really very good,
You are undoubtedly a very talented artist.
Congratulation
regards
Paulo

Pattie Wall said...

I love your self portrait - it is the 'you' I know and love! The thing I like best are your colors -the light on your gorgeous locks! ☺
Sharon's portrait is nice - too! I bet she was glad you got her into your portrait chair!

Belinda Del Pesco said...

These are both just wonderful. Your self portrait is so masterful, I thought it was a photo at first. Jeesh. Great job! Keep those brushes flyin'!

hissnhowl said...

Your self portrait is proof that rules are made to be broken - it's wonderful Susan!!

Portrait Painting By Johanna Spinks said...

great work

Barbara M. said...

Hi Susan,
I was getting ready for New York when these came on. Fabulous work. Are you okay? You haven't posted for awhile.

xoxoxoxoxoBarbara

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hmuxo said...

Love your self portrait. That is definitely not easy. I also like Wilson's Arch. Love that part of he Country. I will be looking forward to your future paintings.