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Restraint is the word

FRIDAY, JANUARY 27, 2006 "There is no great work begun without passion and not great work completed without restraint." —Chris Blake


Started this portrait of L. with "an accurate drawing" that helped capture her likeness before I laid down paint. I was able to paint more boldly, and I like the results. Next week: paint the feathers in a vignette, which calls for massive restraint.



What I didn't see in the drawing: left eye needs to be lower and closer. Mouth higher. I discovered this by overlaying the painting over a photo. Used restraint and simply drew new eye and mouth outlines. Her ear is actually under her hair. Drew new earring outline.


Next Friday: look twice, paint once and walk away often

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