Sunday, May 2, 2010

The Patil Portrait Finished: Some Close-Ups

Here it is. I know I'd written a post about the unveiling of the Patil portrait back in March... when the family got their first glimpse of the portrait I'd been working on for a very long time. I wrote in that post that I had a few tweaks to make and that the Patil's were very happy with their family treasure. Pluto and Goofy -- the family pets -- needed longer hair and I still had some areas of the portrait that I wanted to work on.

It's really done now. I'm happy with every part which is not exactly easy with a painting of this scale and complexity. (On second thought ... it's never easy.) Randy and I will take it over to their house on Friday. Pretty exciting final delivery. I'll post some photos of those moments, too.

One of the comments Sherrie McGraw made (in the workshop I attended last week) when asked how long she might spend on a painting is that she's never anxious to be done with a painting. She stops when she's accomplished what she set out to do. She has a relationship with the painting that she's sorry to see end.

I accomplished everything I set out to do with this painting. It looks like that vision I had in my head from the very beginning. (Only more so.) The Patils love it. And my relationship with this painting will continue after it's hanging in their home. I imagine forever.

So here is a better photo of the finished piece plus close-ups. I'll put this up soon, too, on my web site:, along with some stories on my process. In the meantime, look at my portrait pages and information on commissioning a portrait.

Happy day.

"The Patil Portrait" and closeups of same, oil on Angel linen, 45"h x 59"w, copyright Jill Banks 2010.

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Elizabeth Seaver said...

Jill, this is fabulous. You should be so proud of it. I'm sure they are over the moon about it. It shows them relaxed and comfortable and you've created a dynamic composition. Lovely.

Jill Banks said...

Thanks, Elizabeth. It was a feat ... but such a wonderful portrait to paint.