This post has been sitting there as a draft for months. I didn’t dare publish it, because I thought it would be presumptuous to compare my work to Lucian Freud’s. But sadly, he passed away last week, on Wednesday, July 20th at the age of 88, leaving behind an impressive body of work, and I thought a tribute might be timely. I was still hesitant, until my mum wrote me the following today: “Yes, by all means presume to compare your work to that of anyone you admire for whatever reason. How else can you grow in your love of what you do, if not by sticking to the company of those that are meaningful to you? Personally, I think it’s more presumptuous to deny one’s talent or belittle it, than it is to keep giving your best shots at it because you know it to be strong enough to improve and to keep on getting better.” Indeed. So here it is, my art project from Fall 2010: our teacher showed us portraits by several artists, with Lucian Freud’s Girl with Leaves (above) as the main inspiration. The idea was to work from a couple of images—a photo of ourselves, and a photo of an plant-like organic life-form—and combine them in one composition while giving attention to detail. I had my work cut out for me.