You’ve been sitting in front of your easel for HOURS, laboring over a portrait but you just can’t seem to get the likeness right. You look at it in your mirror, you check the proportions, you break out the dividers and measure each feature in relation to all the rest but, alas, the solution evades you like the last piece of pizza you were saving for breakfast.
Then, someone comes along (in my case my wonderful wife), takes one look at it and says, “Nice job, Honey! His right eye is a bit too high, though.” And guess what? They’re right! I think that’s why, as painters, we need to make sure we take frequent breaks.
Here’s a pic of the painting in question. Still a work in progress but it’s starting to look like something.