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Art Show: WIP: Unfinished Art


by Ellen Sereda

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Art: Rossi by Artist Ellen Sereda
This particular painting I began (and abandoned) in June 2007. I saw this woman many years ago around my town and was struck by her pretty and unusual looks and I thought Iíd like to do a portrait of her. A few years later, our children ended up at the same preschool and we became friends. She posed for me and I did some drawings, but was completely frustrated because I just couldnít get them right. A year ago I decided to try again and asked her to sit for some photos and chose a profile shot to work from. I hadnít seen her in a while when I started work on this portrait. I was feeling pretty proud of my ability to get it right this time when I decided to take a break and go to the store. There she was at the store wearing the exact same blue shirt and while we chatted, I thought, ďforget it, I got it all wrong, the painting stinks.Ē I havenít touched it since. The likeness isnít so off, itís just thereís something indefinable missing. She has this easy laugh and great vivacious spirit, but since I usually paint pretty somber portraits, I realized Iíd have to paint a completely different kind of portrait to truly get it right.

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