Lucille Ball statue

I don’t mean to bash anyone else’s art, but this statue of Lucille Ball in Celoron, New York is a good example of why I don’t like to draw portraits on commission. There’s always the possibility of absolute failure and humiliation. I’m not a “for hire” artist. People ask me to draw their children and their spouses. Some of them are nice enough to offer money, but many of them just expect me to do it for free. They assume it’s an easy, simple, sure-fire thing. But it’s not. Not for me, anyway. Sometimes I draw a portrait that looks like the real person. But sometimes it ends up … well, like this Lucy statue. And it’s always embarrassing when that happens. As much as this statue makes me cringe, I also feel sympathy for the sculptor. I know what that embarrassment feels like.

I’ve been writing a new book lately. That’s why I haven’t blogged much. This one isn’t a novel. It’s a long, rambling essay — sort of like this blog. Hope you’re all doing well, my friends.

17 thoughts on “Lucille Ball statue

  1. A very interesting point you bring up and I get what you mean. Time and time again I’ve been asked by editors and freelance authors to write articles for book collections and magazines at the drop of a hat. And most of the time I’ve said no because, well, aside from time, getting in the zone doesn’t come easy to me and I really dislike writing within a set of rules.

    Good luck with your book. It will be amazing 🙂

  2. You are so right, Matthew. My older brother had the gift to draw. He told me the one thing you have to get right is the face, and it is the hardest.
    blessings ~ maxi

  3. Well said Matthew…certainly whoever commissioned the statue gave their approval after seeing a plan…and certainly they checked in on the progress. The thing that interests me is there’s absolutely nothing showing in this photo that indicates the statue even remotely resembles Lucille Ball. Surely that would have been apparent to the person who commissioned the piece. Or was this donated by the artist? Look forward to your new book!!

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