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Did sargent really start with the middle tones first?

edited March 2017 in Painting
Hi everyone,
    Recently I read this post regarding Sargent's painting style and approach,on the site it is mentioned that these were Sargent's actual notes.Out of all points,when I read this one I could not believe it:
"7. You begin with the middle tones and work up from it . . . so that you deal last with your lightest lights and darkest darks, you avoid false accents."
    Did sargent really begin painting with middle tones instead of darkest ones first?Below is the source:


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