Also, you can feel the emotion in that scribble. Look at those hard, short, precise zigzags going the length of the face, and then the lighter faster more jagged and bunched scribble on the cheek — especially compared with the mark making from toning the wall. I have felt that!!!
i collect stories about amazing, famous artists starting their work over or flat out destroying it (sargent routinely would scrape off an entire days work at the end of a sitting and say he hoped the next sitting would go better). it's very reassuring.
I’ve always liked the anecdote of Frank Frazetta once spending an entire week painting and erasing someone’s face over and over because he couldn’t get it right. Adding this one to the list of things to remind myself of
Old Masters of classic paintings: Dammit... The arm was too long so I painted a little demon holding the thing instead and this martyr used to have a beard. Whatever, fine, no one's going to know.
Conservation/restoration teams photographing painting layers with infrared: 👁️👁️