Sug­gest­ing the back­ground

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In Sar­gent’s por­trait paint­ings there was al­ways a hint of back­ground. He would ac­com­plish these back­grounds with a sim­ple sug­ges­tion of the lights and darks with barely enough de­tail to set his char­ac­ter into an en­vi­ron­ment. I fol­low his lead.

Above all, have fun!

Sar­gent even­tu­ally grew sick of his por­trait work. At one point in his ca­reer, John, on his way out of the in­dus­try, would re­quest an un­godly amount of money for a por­trait com­mis­sion in hopes to scare the client off. Much to his sur­prise, the wealthy would pay what­ever it took. If I may leave you with any ad­vice at all – fol­low your dreams, not the cash. Good luck y’all!

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