Helene paints wonderful portraits in oil that begin as pencil line drawings. The initial drawings are usually lost completely in the painting so I took a quick picture today before she picked up a brush. They are strong drawings and good likenesses.
We talked a little about what makes them good but for me their strength is hard to define. I believe them. Direct confident lines and charming distortion that speaks of both artist and model. They seem more sincere somehow with their lack of polish.