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My One and Only Time On Stage
I can't even imagine the stress of trying to capture a dead man's soul in a painting. I would have been so scared that his family would not like it! This just speaks to your artistic talent that his mother LOVED it! My most uncomfortable moment on stage? A "stroll" dance with several other teachers in a talent show at school. I felt like an idiot.
By: Terri@Coloring Outside the Lines on February 6, 2015
With only two pictures to go on, wow! The pressure. And to be the one to reveal it. I would've been a mess as well. Congratulations that you pulled it off. The first time I ever played my guitar on stage before an audience was nerve-racking. I heard every single mistake...
By: Alex J. Cavanaugh on February 6, 2015
I've never been in that situation, but i could sure use the 5 pound weight loss. The purposeful flaw...genius.
By: Cranky on February 6, 2015
And if you don't stop these art related posts, I will have to stop following!
By: Cranky on February 6, 2015
wow, that's awesome - to be able to work off 2 very different photos from such a time span and interpolate his spirit. i'm very impressed.
By: TexWisGirl on February 6, 2015
Your talent knows no bounds. As for the case of nerves... you're human, aren't you?
By: Daniel LaFrance on February 6, 2015
Interesting diet hint--which I DON'T think I'll try!!
By: fishducky on February 6, 2015
Oh I want to see the painting now. Where must I go to get a picture?
By: Michael Offutt on February 6, 2015
My stage moments were scary and fun, I was a drama minor, so loved the stage. I do remember an awful time in grade school when I played the flute and did a terrible job. I find your story amazing. To have successfully captured the spirit of the person is a true talent. You should have continued to paint portraits!
By: Tabor on February 6, 2015
Major impressive Stephen to have captured the man you never met. I think you should have kept with the portraits also. You obviously had the talent for them. BTW, pretty clever manipulation of the art director. What you described on the stage is my worst nightmare.
By: Akansas Patti on February 6, 2015
That must have been tough, to capture both the well and ill man, but you obviously did. Now I know how to lose a few pounds.
By: LL Cool Joe on February 6, 2015
Yep, just had one, where I was up in front accepting an award. Not QUITE as momentous as yours, but I was still rather rattled... Cat
By: Cat on February 6, 2015
Stephen: I can't imagine having the talent you have to paint portraits. What an incredible feat you have shared here about that moment!
By: Michael Manning on February 6, 2015
You? Painfully shy? Strangely, introverts are often comfortable performing for others. I've never been uncomfortable onstage. Love, Janie
By: Janie Junebug on February 6, 2015
All my stage moments have an increased level of tension but nothing in the extreme. Good story and a super painting.
By: red on February 6, 2015
I've always been somewhat comfortable on stage. Funny things usually pop into my head when I'm speaking, and the audience responds well. My most uncomfortable might have been when my high school coach patted me on the back as I went on stage at the awards assembly. She stuck a sign on my back. I had no idea what it said, but later found that she had written: Give me a pat on the back. I deserve it.
By: Val on February 6, 2015
Talk about being put on the spot! As you know, I don't paint people so you have my deepest admiration for this enviable talent. So glad it ended well.
By: Botanist on February 6, 2015
That's impressive for sure but I'm always impressed with your art. I would have hated being on stage also. I have had the opportunity a few time for different reasons and have refused.
By: Hilary on February 6, 2015
I've always hated being on stage---when I had to do that recent guest appearance on NBC, I was a nervous WRECK!!! I swear I had a nervous stomach ache for a week before the show. I'm happy to hear that your painting turned out so beautiful!!
By: Marcia @ Menopausal Mother on February 6, 2015
Bravo. The mother's response must have moved you.
By: Tom Cochrun on February 6, 2015
It is that nervous edge which keeps you on top of your game as well as swimming in sweat! :)
By: John on February 7, 2015
They gave you ONE month and not even a decent photo to work from? What, the guy didn't have his pic taken in 30 years? And on top of that there's an evil art director? You should have stood on that stage and gotten an award for doing a superhero's job. You're amazing!
By: Lexa Cain on February 7, 2015
nope never been on stage. well, I guess every time an etched glass installation is done and the client sees the finished work (which they previously only saw as a drawing on paper), I suffer some nervousness. actually, I hate installations, not only because of the client but in case I did something wrong like mis-measure the space.
By: Ellen Abbott on February 7, 2015
oh my- I would have loved to see that portrait! I can't imagine how nervous you must have been- the teen years aren't exactly the years you want to be singled out! I was never singled out, but probably one of the most awkward times for me were when I was part of a dance group for several high school plays....with some of my friends we did the hula in one play and the can-can in another.... I was sure I was going to make a mistake....at least I had others around me! Unlike you I at least had company! Cheers!
By: Kathe W. on February 7, 2015
Great story!! I have seen some of your work here on the blog so I knew you were talented. Obviously you were a huge success. I believe (now that I know more) that an artist is never really pleased with their work. They are extremely critical even when they are being praised by the people who commissioned them. This all is what I've been observing these last few months. IMO those artists have a gift of a keen eye and abiility to put feeling into their work. You rock!!
By: Bouncin Barb on February 7, 2015
Yes, i'm uncomfortable on stage. It gets worse as i get older.
By: mimi on February 7, 2015
That's an impressive tale. You're a talented chap, though, so I expect no less. Alas, even as an international superstar and legend in my own bathtime, performing on stage doesn't get any easier,
By: Mike@A Bit About Britain on February 7, 2015
Stephen, you're an amazing man and an amazing painter. I would love to see that portrait. As for performing, I totally blew my second grade role right at the performance. I'm not made for the stage either.
By: Madeleine McLaughlin on February 8, 2015
Applause! Despite how nerve wrecking that way, I'm glad they insisted on giving you the accolades you deserve. I've spoken in front of hundreds of people - never near one-thousand. But I think past a few dozen, it's equally anxiety provoking.
By: Robyn Engel on February 8, 2015
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