This week’s portrait, Lucille Ball!
If you have no idea what the title is referencing, YouTube it, and see what comedy use to look like before the current day of formulated un original laughs.
This was a lot of fun to work on. Aside from being an incredibly funny person, Lucy was beautiful. I wanted to try and capture that beauty as well as her colorful personality in this art piece. And again I am bummed out that the scan doesn’t do the original justice. All the colors look flat.
Lucy came to mind as a subject for a portrait for a few reasons, the top of which, originality. I guess with TV being some what new at the time of the, “I Love Lucy Show”, the content had to be new as well since there wasn’t anything like it to copy except old radio shows. But now almost 50 years later, you have a majority of writers and performers who do nothing but copy visuals from the past that were funny and just modernize them for today’s audience.
To some degree this is true of the art world as well. Originality sort of went out the window as artists look for the quick dollar imitating other successful artists.
Anyway, Lucy’s generation were truly original artists. And what she did on television was genius.
I raise a nice big table spoon full of Vitameatavegamin in her memory for being such an amazing artist!