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simon levenson
05-15-2003, 04:48 PM

Title: Rachel again still
Year Created: 2003
Medium: Oil
Surface: Canvas
Dimension: 12x16
Allow digital alterations?: No, please :)

i have been working on this painting for about6 months

have you ever had one of those paintings that you never want to finish?

pero lane
05-15-2003, 05:10 PM
WOW!!! It seems to have a life of it's own...perhaps your own heart poured into it?? Awe-inspiring work!:clap: :clap: :clap:

05-15-2003, 06:01 PM
So are you done now or is your affair with this beauty not over?
Face is lovely, love the mouth nose chin area. The distant background and pillow in foreground colors are wonderful and working well to dance around the subject. Beautiful in every way.

05-15-2003, 06:31 PM

05-15-2003, 06:49 PM
och, eets fantastique
je l'adore

05-15-2003, 07:17 PM
She is Beautiful!

Wayne Gaudon
05-15-2003, 07:35 PM
No ..

This is absolutely, positively, a masterwork .. awesome.

05-15-2003, 07:42 PM
I'm glad that you did complete this. wonderful work. This will be the highlight of any room.

I've had problems with not completing work, but I think your reasons are different than mine... mine were because I somehow botched a large area and it would be easier to start over.

have fun,


05-15-2003, 07:46 PM
AGREE WITH all above. :clap:

05-15-2003, 08:12 PM
Yes, I know exactly what you mean.
(In my case partly because the state of light-headedness the painting puts me in.)
This is a wonderful picture.

Jeanette Diaz
05-15-2003, 08:18 PM
Very beautiful. I would be happy with it as is.....

05-15-2003, 08:59 PM
It has "that" quality. The best paintings have it. What did someone say? "a life of it's own"?


05-15-2003, 09:22 PM
Once in a while you click onto something amazing. This painting has everything working for it - the controlled but painterly brush strokes, the color, the attention given to the negative space, the expression of mood and atmosphere, and on and on.

It's simply wonderful. Congratulations on your accomplishment.


05-15-2003, 10:03 PM
she is a beaut
personally and painterly

your colors, particularly in the background,
remind me of illustrations of the 40's
(I love them so very much)
those greens, soft creamy yellows, pinky reds,
and that redish brown
even the forms there remind me of those
so favorite time period images...

I think the finishing of almost every piece
(since not every piece is one that goes as wished)
is my favorite time of a painting
that I want to go on forever...
forgetting all references
and doing the paint dance
with the painted image alone

this piece is one that you are happy with
and it shows
I love it too...

simon levenson
05-15-2003, 11:19 PM
Well my friends, bad news. I brought this to the clients tonite and they fed me dinner. They also decided to pass on the painting of their daughter Rachel. So I now have the painting in my possession again.

05-16-2003, 08:31 AM
there must be a reason
other than the painting...
their loss...

chin up, simon... :)

05-16-2003, 08:35 AM
this is beautiful simon

05-16-2003, 10:36 AM
Had they commissioned it? If so, did you get an advance?
Do I know that feeling! My sympathies.
It remains a wonderful p[ainting.

05-16-2003, 10:40 AM
these people probably need a park scene.

05-16-2003, 10:45 AM
[email protected][email protected]!!! The lot of em.

05-16-2003, 10:54 AM
I guess this means it's meant to be with you, I would find it very hard to part with such wonderful work, so..their loss (taste is one thing you can not buy):D

simon levenson
05-16-2003, 12:41 PM
An advance, well that is a funny thing in this case since they are friends, close friends of the family. They owned a painting that the husband grew to dislike. They gave it back to me. I never do that. Then they asked about this painting. The wife liked it, he didnt. I worked on it. She doesnt like it now. I think it is because they are having family issues. But they say it doesnt feel like their daughter to them and I say that is fine. I am not one to usually care about my work that way, as if to say it is good. That is not my interest in painting. But in this case it has the feel to me of working on something I can respect and enjoy. So I am almost happy to keep it and I know it will be sold soon. Still it was a crushing thing to me. I try not to let things weigh on me but they do. Then I go on. S

05-16-2003, 12:50 PM
Some things in this life are inexplicable. You were meant to keep her. I have a couple of paintings like that. *SMILE* Beautiful work btw! You do have that "something"...that will carry you to the next level. lucky you! I am still trying to get on the bottom rung. *LOL*

pero lane
05-16-2003, 01:33 PM
Are they ill? blind? are all the lights on upstairs?:confused:

05-16-2003, 03:18 PM
again and again my attention is drawn to the face ... all the rest is negligeable !

Mazzeltov !

05-17-2003, 01:26 AM
Most of the sales, particularly when a painter is young, go to friends or "friends". If it is a commission you must always ask for half in advance, non refundable. If it is not, you risk this soul-beating result.
"I don't see my darling daughter" is a classic.
Gavin is right , bollocks to them.
Leonardo, Goya, Rembrandt had the same.
We're in good company.

05-17-2003, 02:00 AM
I just want to say , too that this is very beautiful. congrats on this one

05-17-2003, 11:58 AM
Their loss.

05-18-2003, 02:07 AM
Now that is a story!
Are you not continually amazed that people think we make these things like cutting out cookies!??
One can only imagine what they think their daughter "FEELS" like.
This feels like a nice warm fireplace and old music and hot soup and maybe ONE too many Baileys. A nice nap before bedtime.
Let me know who and how it sells.
It has such a mood.