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on: February 26, 2013, 12:45:19 AM
Mona Lisa...took him several years to finish. It's about 3 feet or so tall..not much bigger. In all that time, you HAD to have gone over most everything in it several times over. Even the eyes. He couldn't have just did it in one shot. It doesn't appear he worked on it alot though (that's the real secret). Just to cover the canvas couldn't have taken long at all. One day?!   Years!...that's a long time! What did he do to that painting in all that time? Many many changes, that's for sure. That's encouraging because it shows that even a great artist will not be happy with emmediate results and change his/her mind many many times. This should be it shows

Caricatures and Van Gogh....both capture the character of the person very very well. Yet, neither would be called "realism". Van Gogh might say, sure it looks JUST LIKE HIM...but that is because he got the thick lower lip, the high eyebrows, etc...that is CHARACTER, not realism. But that is all their is to it. The "likeness" of a person should capture those qualites, but doesn't have to look real at all. Get the molding right of the form and the rest takes care of itself. I'm beginning to realize this now more than ever. The reference is in the correct sketch of the anatomy...after that you can pretty well mold it if you know how the light behaves accordingly. I was so hung up on following the photo so much that i dug my own hole every time. I hope this all makes sense to everyone else on this observation.
« Last Edit: February 26, 2013, 12:54:06 AM by patindaytona »
The moment you find yourself mostly satisfied with a painting and think you'll "just quickly" do this or that, that's the moment to stop completely. Take the painting off your easel and put it aside for at least 24 hours, then reassess whether it really needs that tweak.