I've been reading the book John Sargent, by Evan Charteris. Sargent is one of the greats of portraiture, and my work has been leaning that direction lately, so I've been doing my research. This book was written shortly after his death, by someone who knew him personally. It contains statements from his students, and is generally a close look at his life. Most important, it talks about his methods, not just examines his work.
In the last couple of pages I read, I learned that he preferred to work on the mid tones, and lift the lights and deepen the shadows from there. Let me tell you, this is a GREAT way to work! It's my favorite way to work on drawings, in fact. So why have I never tried that in a painting? I haven't a clue. But I'm going to now! Can't wait to share the results!
I've also recently started posting photos to my Blue Canvas account. I found it through the magazine first. It's one of my favorites, and features a wide variety of mediums and styles of art.
Check me out here!