Took along a sketchbook and found myself thinking about portraiture (with a commission coming up next month) and returned to her face for the last drawing.
Ignored Matisse’s advice:
I don’t put in eyes sometimes, or a mouth for my figures…. but that’s because the face is anonymous. Because the expression is carried by the whole picture. arms, legs, all the lines act like parts of an orchestra, a register, movements, different pitches. if you put in eyes, nose, mouth, it doesn’t serve for much; on the contrary, doing so paralyses the imagination of the spectator, and obliges him to see a specific person, a certain resemblance, and so on; whereas if you paint lines, values, forces, the spectator’s soul becomes involved in the maze of these multiple elements… and so, his imagination is freed from all limits ….
Also I seem to have been working in the future, dating the drawings 14/3/14 (four days ahead).