I paint without any of the "aids", I prefer to use my own judgement, which can be wrong from time to time and out a 1 mm or so, but I am a romantic person, who loves to draw with passion, and put that into my painting - by tracing or using imagery tools - the passion is lost - its just a copy.
I have studied Rembrandt for as long as I can remember, I was always intrigued how he got the "passion" into his subjects, he just got it - they are breathing, personality with passion - like no other, he had a gift of incredible talent. If I am stuck and the head is in a haze, I steel myself away and dive into his books, of which I have many! His sketches and his thoughts (doodling) are images of great teaching, I go over these,and see why he painted that way. If I am in need of enlightenment, I go to our National Gallery and sit in front of his paintings, for hours - to get back on track!.
In my meager world of art, and I have a long road to travel in learning, I studied under some renowned international professional artists for my degrees,so talented and amazing, and still to this day I am taken by their brilliance and natural ability. Yes, anyone can be taught to paint,but it needs to come from the heart!. I will never rise to perfection, I love seeing works that have imperfections - perhaps its my nature and refusal to "conform" to the norm! I refuse to use anything but my eye, to capture what I see, its my judgement, not perfect - its what I see. I believe if we strive for so much perfection - the passion is gone! Many of our greats say "remember to leave something out" - that is so correct. Let the imagination do some work, read what you want into the painting - it will talk to you.
These are the 50 words I wrote today which sums up my style....
"Within the stroke of my pencil, blade or brush, the unique form of my subject is born. My images come from my heart; feel their breath, its unique smell, its nervousness, chill in the air or heat of the sun. Drawing is the very essence of the scene, animal or human, capturing its very soul, energy, and beauty"..... Jan Lowe