Always Paint a Direct Sketch from Nature Every Day

Jean-Léon Gérôme
Jean-Léon Gérôme

When you draw, form is the important thing. But in painting the first thing is to look for the general impression of colour.  Always paint a direct sketch from nature every day – Jean-Léon Gérôme

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Wilde About Nature? Yes and No.

When I look at a landscape I cannot help seeing all its defects. It is fortunate for us, however, that Nature is so imperfect, as othewise we should have no art at all.

Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde

Once in a Lifetime, a quote from Leonardo Da Vinci

La belle Ferronière
La belle Ferronière

When you put your hand in a flowing stream, you touch the last that has gone before and the first of what is still to come. Leonardo da Vinci

Do You Paint from a Photo or Paint from a Model?

Francis Bacon by Reginal Gray
Francis Bacon by Reginald Gray

‘I’ve had photographs taken for portraits because I very much prefer working from the photographs than from models…I couldn’t attempt to do a portrait from photographs of somebody I didn’t know…’
Francis Bacon