“The condition of vitality next involves the emphasis in each symbol of the living forces, the vital character, of the thing represented, in preference to mere surface qualities.”


“This effect of vitality will be enhanced if the symbol states no more than the essential feature, if it states them clearly, and if it states them swiftly,”


“for the very swiftness of the execution will convey a sense of power and liveliness to the spectator.”

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“This vitality must also be accompanied with the tenderness and subtlety born of long and earnest insight into nature, or the symbol, though spirited, will be shallow . . . ” C. J. Holmes, Notes on the Science of Picture-Making


There are 2 pen strokes in her 56th drawing.


She is my developmentally disabled sister-in-law, Nancy,
and I am Jeanne, the woman who flat-out loves her.
Go here to start at the beginning and read your way current.
And there’s a pinterest board, too.