Some wise words by artist Alicia Ponzi that I came across on an Underpaintings post about her award by the Portrait Society of America.
'A portrait should delve deeper than the surface on 2 levels: physically, it should describe the structure and the forms of the specific individual; while it should also find a subtle expression that reveals their persona. To me, the suggestion of an expression is enough.'
The suggestion of an expression that reveals the subjects persona - I shall remember that.
Underpaintings is an extremely informative blog on the very best of representational art. A word of warning though, you are in danger of losing many hours of your life to the internet if its your cup of tea. The lastest post (as I write) on Thomas Nash has many more words of wisdom too. Aint the internet a wonderful thing - sigh.
I had better stop reading a produce some art myself now, all theory and no practice is not going to get me anywhere.
A quick value sketch I did recently, coz I cant do a post without some sort of picture. More about this Master study later.