I was with my wife and our parents on a tour of ancestral homes in England. My father-in-law was talking to his cousin who was telling him about his ancestor who finally had enough money to pay off the mortgage. He was so happy, he went to the pub and got drunk. The next day, when the mortgage was due, he couldn’t remember where he put the money. He was so upset, he hung himself. We were looking at the house where it happened.

One of my techniques is to look for shapes of value or color, then paint them in without looking to see what I’m painting. It is like doing a jigsaw puzzle. Once everything is done, the picture comes together. Look at the different shades on the faces or shirts.

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