After nearly 3 years (That’s right! 3 YEARS!) I have finally finished working on my last oil painting commission. I present to you, Bobbie Gentry.
I added photos of the image, the first is a picture taken by day, and the other by night. I don’t have the best camera on my phone so the image quality is a bit cloudy. Nevertheless you can still see the fruits of my labors, even if they are not in the highest of their shining glory.
Am I tutting my own horn? Maybe HA! But this painting gave me the run around for nearly 3 years, with a love hate relationship to go along with it. Now that she is finished I have officially given her her eviction notice. She is to be shipped off soon.
Here is the skinny on both the painting and the person in the painting.
First, the painting is done on a 3 foot wide by 5 foot tall stretched canvas in oils. Although I have been working in oils for the better part of 15 years I have never painted a canvas this large.
That in itself made this a very hard project to tackle. To put things in perspective I stand at 5 ft 4 inches tall (Yes, I am a giant among men and women) and the canvas is 5ft tall and 3 feet wide. Being that we are practically the same size (no I am nowhere near that wide) it took me a lot longer to get things properly proportioned.
I also didn’t like my first attempts at the painting soooooo I painted over the entire thing like 3 or 4 times…I lost count. Anyhow, this final image was born just six months ago so technically it took me 6 months to paint and nearly 3 years thinking about it.
Now to Bobbie Gentry. In short, she is one of America’s gems. Writing and producing her own music, sometimes touching on themes that exposed the lives of the every day working class man or woman.
Below are a couple of her songs: Ode to Billie Joe (Which became a movie) and Fancy (Which is a song Reba Mcentire covers) The video Ode to Billie Joe will give you some fun facts about her. Enjoy!
I am glad I have had the chance to tackle this painting. I am now more confident in my ability to paint super large images. Praise God for VICTORY and GROWTH!