Working from life

     No matter how much we know, if we attempt to make up stuff out of our head, the results soon become trite.  Photographs are certainly useful at times, but nothing beats working from life.  I painted this head in 1977 as a class demonstration.  I worked on a smooth panel using oils and flat sable brushes.  I wasn't so cautious then and my work had great spontaneity.  Sometimes it worked, sometimes the results were awful.  This is one of the very few pieces I still have from that period.