painted from life
In Kevin's class today we worked from the model but we were set up facing away from him. This is a contemporary painting class and it is hands down the most fun studio class I've ever taken. We essentially play and experiment without sacrificing the fundamentals. So we had the model and were only allowed to observe and do sketches for our memory's benefit, but we had to leave any notes/sketches behind when we went to paint. While painting we were not allowed to turn around and the same held true when we were observing; no turning back to compare the painting. It was a helluva exercise in information retention but I turned out a painting I'm quite proud of, even got a damn good likeness.
I forced myself to exaggerate the colors and ended up working with mostly chromatic pigments plus white and transparent red oxide. There's a lot more work I need to do to get my observational chops up, but considering this was done with mostly memory... not too bad.