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If we have a week to do it I expect very few submissions.
1. Painting is an interpretation of tone. Colour drawn with a brush.
2. Keep the planes free and simple, drawing a full brush down the whole contour of a cheek.
3. Always paint one thing into another and not side by side until they touch.
4. The thicker your paint—the more your color flows.
5. Simplify, omit all but the most essential elements—values, especially the values. You must clarify the values.
6. The secret of painting is in the half tone of each plane, in economizing the accents and in the handling of the lights.
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.
8. Paint in all the half tones and the generalized passages quite thick.
9. It is impossible for a painter to try to repaint a head where the understructure was wrong.
PALETTE: Silver White, Naples Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Ochre dew (English Red), Red Ochre, Vermillion, Ivory or Coal Black, and Prussian Blue.
Sargent's notes above are from George Pratt via James Gurney. He found these nuggets in the library when he was a student at Pratt Institute.
Questions - can we work from a photo object ?week= 168 total clocked hours ? (Total effort) do or can we post WIP of the object for help or is it a grand reveal and only post once complete?
I've been working on my challenge painting using my new Rosemary & Co brushes . I got my main object 3/4 finished when I noticed I was using the 3/8" Comber brush.
@Flatty the PDF that @Forgiveness provided is my bible for this exercise, it's fantastic, thus this project will be my biggest success so far or one huge failure, but the fun and spirit is about having a go, and as a great man once said, we have nothing to fear,...but fear itself,....so once it's complete I will offer it up for scrutiny - about 8 hours in, and only 3 inches covered of the canvas,...
I'm terrified of dissappointing you now.