"Mead", Comments on Working From Life

This is a portrait of a sixteen year old girl named Mead. Ya, like the title. One of the pleasures of working from life everyday is that I get to know so many people. Every person I paint is so interesting and unique. Mead was no exception. Also, when I look at a drawing or painting that was done from life I feel that there is an added level of truth and honestly to it. It is the sum of numberless variations in position and expression rather than a stiff reproduction of a single moment caught by a camera…

Mead had a really hard time holding still.  It seemed as though she would forget she was posing and she complained that posing hurt. 🙂 I am grateful she stuck it out.

mead drawing

mead drawing detail

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