When I start a painting, the first stage is sketching it out. I need to make sure my placement on the paper is fairly accurate – the nose just the right distance below the eyes, that distinctive dimple in the right place, that patch of yellow feathers, that twinkle in the beady eye. If one little thing is wrong, the whole will be skewed. In this way our starting places are as much a part of the finishing as they are of the beginning, and our sketches need to comprise the vision of the end whole in all its essentials.
Photo, text and artwork © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt 2017 artwork from a reference photo by Lawrence Splitter, used with permission.
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