Who did I paint?

I was down to my last few Motown artist paintings when I decided to do a 36" by 36" portrait of Gladys Knight, or at least the person I thought was Gladys Knight.  I had Google searched "Gladys - Knight - Motown" and this picture popped up.


I didn't hesitate or even entertain the possibility that it could be someone else; but it was.

Thanks to astute observer on my Facebook page, I found out it was a young Aretha Franklin.  God, was I embarrassed.  I changed or deleted the posts immediately.  Lesson learned.


Interestingly, when it was done, the painting didn't feel quite right to me.  After I found out it was Aretha Franklin, it all of a sudden felt absolutely right, without changing a single brush stroke.

Like I said the day I wore two different shoes to work, "if you can't laugh at yourself, what's the point in living".


I'm not sure if it was a reaction to having goofed up, but I began painting a 24" x 48" vertically oriented canvas of Lionel Ritchie using a slightly different technique.  I didn't quite finish, but I got into the groove of only using broad and bold brush strokes, using one of my wider brushes.  The effect is very interesting and provided a fun evening of painting. I'll finish him up tonight.

But is this really Lionel Ritchie?

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