Drawing of Mary

Drawing of Mary by Helene A.

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.