Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Portraits as training for artists

Sometimes the sitter will not accept your impression of him or her for reasons that have nothing to do with the accuracy of your rendering. Take heart, 'cos a portrait painting is a search not only for accuracy but also for that intangible look that reveals the person. I was happy with my oil sketch of Carolyn with her great hair. Like Sargent before me, I chose not to blend the strokes, but to lap them value against value. A great training lesson for moi.

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