|Theodore Roosevelt John Singer Sargent |
oil on canvass 1903
"I don't dig beneath the surface for things that don't appear before my own eyes."
"A portrait is a picture in which there is just a tiny little something not quite right about the mouth."
"Every time I paint a portrait, I lose a friend."
"Cultivate an ever continuous power of observation. Wherever you are, be always ready to make slight notes of postures, groups and incidents. Store up in the mind... a continuous stream of observations from which to make selections later. Above all things get abroad, see the sunlight and everything that is to be seen."
-All quotes attributed to John Singer Sargent