Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Sarah Silverman

this friday, January 7th, Gallery 1988 will have a huge art opening
of a comedian-themed group show, "Is This Thing On?"
Is This Thing On?
at Gallery 1988
7020 Melrose Ave,
Los Angeles, CA 90038

please contact the gallery for inquiry/purchase/preview.

+ see the full list of "show bill" (who's painting whom) here!


several months ago, i was asked by Gallery 1988 to paint Sarah Silverman, the comedienne.
i hesitated for a while, because i'd never painted a portrait before
of a real-life personality (only movie characters with my added imagination).
but i thought it'd be a fun challenge, despite being nervous that sarah
will be seeing this herself at the show - but it really turned out to be fun.

above is a detail shot through my instagram filter,
which sadly looks better and isn't available in the real physical world
for me to put over the painting.

below some other shots through instagram (mind the filter)
during the progress over the holidays :

(2 initial concepts)

(after sanding out/redoing the faces a few times)

the final piece :

Sarah. 8"x16". Acrylic & Colored Pencil on Wood. © 2010.
Sarah. 8"x16". Acrylic & Colored Pencil on Wood. © 2010-2011.

framed view :
Sarah, Framed.

i read that tara mcpherson also did sarah silverman,
i can't wait to see her piece - and tina fey by travis louie!


  1. Anonymous11:06 PM

    I thought this painting looked a little more realistic when you first started posting images.

    The end result is very nice, I do see the similarities but I will say, your painting is far more attractive than the lady herself.(Sorry,I'm not a fan of Sarah Silverman).

  2. She is gorgeous Stella
    I love the feel of it.

  3. wow.. lovely. hope to see one of your works in person...*sigh*

  4. oh wow it looks so lovely. i always love seeing your initial sketching too...

    krystal x

  5. Anonymous10:25 AM

    I'm not of fan of her but I think you've made her look very lovely and I'm sure she will love it.

  6. Wow this is so beautiful. The transformation from start to finish is breathtaking. I've just found you through Vanilla's blog Traces of Winter and I'm so happy I did.

    Meag xx

  7. I think the non-instagram version looks gorgeous too ;D i've been following this through instagram (yes, totally stalk you there), and it's been a breath of fresh air to see you work through until completion.

  8. beautiful! can't wait to see it in person tommorow!! : D *daisy

  9. Very impressive... I wish You lovely Dreams, that make such beautiful creations, to You and your Friends.


  10. OH this is so lovely, Stella. She will be beaming with pride :)

  11. Lovely works, I hope someday I can go see a live exhibition of yours! :)

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  12. Stella, these look lovely!

  13. hey stella, you truly did a great piece of SS.I love how you perfectly matched your style and her face, it totally looks like her, but has all the special features of your painting style!! Lovely!

  14. I really like this piece!
    Where do you get your frames?
    Is it somewhere in Greenpoint?

  15. Very profesional work! very amazing too

  16. beautiful!!!

    amazing work, you are so crazy good!!!

    johanna, sweden

  17. I own this piece! One of my favorite things I own!