Using the quadrant method (or whatever it is called, drawing little squares over the image to reproduce and larger squares over the paper that will serve as carbon paper) I enlarge an image of "Sleeping Head" by Lucian Freud.

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The back of the Kraft paper has dry pigment rubbed in it, and I retraced the blowup drawing which gives the lines to follow, and the good proportions for the reproduction.

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Then "recherche de couleur" I decided (under my teacher's guidance) that this five colors would be enough: cobalt blue, titanium white, yellow ocre, red ocre, and natural sienna.

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My teaches said to lay down a background of flesh color and then add the bluish green over it.

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End of first day.

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My teacher said that Freud painted the body first under the cover so I sketchily painted that.

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Then she told me to do the eyes.

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New session, Wednesday evening. Started the lower cheek, but the colors got away from me. I had two images of the painting, one had these darker colors, but it is not the one I wanted to paint. Didn't know what to do, felt like I was just fingerpainting (and not in a good way).

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So my (wonderful) teacher said "just cover up the lower part" and start working on the other cheek without being distracted by the colorful mess.So I started dabbing away with different mixes of the five colors I used (cobalt blue, red ocre, natural sienna, yellow ocre and white).

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Still didnt feel like I knew what I was doing...

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And then I uncovered the lower part and "erased" the mess I had made by using the liquid medium that you dilute colors with. Done with this two hour session. Not very quick.

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Beginning new 150 minute session. starting filling in empty flesh, nose.

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Redid the lower cheek and began lip color.

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Laid down a background hair color, end of session.

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Started working on hair to make it look less flat.

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Started giving her better flesh tones (I liked better anyway) on upper right forehead, I will carry this over the face. Hair is better, darkened lower cheek, worked on ear, lips.

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Gave the whole face a healthier flesh tone, departing from the original, I am done with this one. Now I have all summer (until October) to choose a new subject.

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Final product

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GREGORY GREFENSTETTE

Painter Portraitist Artist