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"I try to construct a picture in which shapes, spaces, colors, form a set of unique relationships, independent of any subject matter. At the same time I try to capture and translate the excitement and emotion aroused in me by the impact with the original idea." - Milton Avery



I just adore the work of Milton Avery.  This portrait is one of my favorites of his.  To get a better understanding of his work I wanted to use it for my inspiration, as I have done in this lesson. I used another image for reference as well, combining the two. 

Choose a portrait of an artist you love (or feel free to use the Milton Avery Portrait) and then choose another reference image and combine the two. 

For this exercise, I used Gouache paints on cotton watercolor paper.  I mixed up a pastel color palette, like the one in the Milton Avery portrait, sketched out the portrait using an ArtGraf pencil, and then began painting. 



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