Bill has brought up a good point and put me between a rock and a hard place. I am struggling now to merge my righteous determination to be honest with my full on insistence that we lie as painters. Indeed deception is a big part of being a painter. We must become good at lying and cheating, and embrace our thieving ways.
I find students are far too honest as well. They want to paint every wrinkle, every color, every petal they see. If I had a dime for every time a student said to me, “but it really was that color”. I DON’T CARE if it really was that color. LIE. Indeed, we must be selfish. We must think of what will entertain our own eye, and forget about Mother Nature. We must go forth into the world, wielding a big brush, and LIE LIE LIE…
You will not get caught unless you jump the light, or cheat values (they are not to be touched in your pursuit of dishonesty). But change colors, edit in, edit out, flatter your sitter if they are paying you money: the mole does not have to have hair; provide boob jobs, nose jobs, better hairlines, manicures; subtract years and pounds, and love handles. Play God, have fun.
And if you’re painting Bill, put his head on Brad Pitt’s body.