If that was all there was to Painting a Portrait (Saturday Writing Essential)

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If that was all there was to Painting a Portrait


The artist, imprisoned once for fraud,

is giving instruction on portraiture.


He cups the models skull

in his hands. The distance


from tip of forehead

to drop of chin, take note,


of the shape. From forehead tip

to eyes – half way between. From eyes


to mouth, again, the nose equals

halfway. From nose to chin tip,


the mouth halfway. So steady;

no movement other than his.


Such a beauty, the model chosen.

He makes the tasks appear easy.


Benita Kape (c) 29.9.2013

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I am retired. I have four children, 3 girls and a son; all adult. I have 6 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren.I lost my husband in May 2008 year after caring for him for the past 12 years. I am into my 4th or 5th life time; I think. Am

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