26 August 2007


Arches CP 300 gsm, 14" x 10". 3 hours.

this is the companion life sketch to the previous, prepared in the same way.

i made a particular effort to get her nose profile exactly right. it changes with the angle of view, and each angle casts the rest of her face in a different light.

margaret is a gentle and good natured woman, and i saw those attributes in this particular drawing.

i felt a kind of sadness or frustration that the picture is so far from the reality. but painting is an act of attention, patience and skill, and some paintings are only preparations for the next one.

there was a third life sketch, a full profile, but it made a failure. it was also on a smaller format and on a paper not suited to charcoal. i will probably redraw it from the pose photo in the same style as these.

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