This series of images depicts Richard J. Brignoli ca. 1962. A three-quarter view was selected,  with Richard turned to the right. The first two photographs show the drawing in its original state; in the first one the drawing is still in the 14 x 17 newsprint pad; the second is a detail of that drawing. Two observations concerning the drawing should be noted. First, the mouth and the area between the mouth and nose were not resolved originally and reamined unfinished. Second, in the 1960s, I often used black or dark grey for the eye itself, a visual device derived from Picasso. In 2005, when I removed the picture from the drawing pad for photographing, that is some 45 years after it was drawn, I decided to “correct” the sketch, a practice frowned on by some but which my studies in the history of art have taught me was practiced by artists, such as  Peter Paul Rubens. I changed the neckline, broadened the shoulders, and then with water color and gouache painted in the eyes and retouched the lips. The lips have lost some of their horizontality and narrowness but the suggestion of red has restored some degree of life to them. As for the eyes, these were painted over several days; Richard’s beautiful green eyes flecked with brown are in place, but the white’s of his eyes have photographed blue. At some future date I may revisit these issues. For more on Richard’s life, see the obituary at

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