I’ve been trying to finish the portrait of Jerry and Seamus and it’s not going well. John Singer Sargent, one of the most fantastic portrait painters ever, certainly got it right when he said “A portrait is a painting with something a little wrong with the mouth.” If he felt he couldn’t get it quite right, how could I ever do so? My painting has got a lot wrong with the mouth. I finally gessoed over Jerry’s mouth and took another photograph because I had spilled water all over the original. I asked him “please, don’t show your teeth.” I’ve never been able to paint teeth and don’t intend to try anymore. I’m not comparing myself to Rembrandt or any of the masters, but you don’t see their portraits with teeth hanging out. They must have said the same thing. In any case, tomorrow I vow I’m going to finish that painting or go mad trying.