There is something to be said for letting the viewer fill in the details. John Singer Sargent and a lot of his contemporaries knew this well. And I just read a quote from Harold Speed in his book Oil Painting Techniques and Materials.

The fewer strokes of the brush you do your work with, the fresher the painting

I read this on James Gourney’s website, he’s doing a weekly series in which he reviews Harold Speed’s book. It’s very informative and reminds me that this is one book that is missing from my collection and I need to rectify it as soon as possible.

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  • Work: 918
  • Size: 5" x 7"
  • Medium: Oil on Board
  • Sessions: 1
  • Start date: 1/22/2016
  • End date: 1/22/2016