A Rose is a Rose

"Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose."

which translates to

"things are what they are".

Gertrude Stein

One of my earliest lessons in drawing was not to draw what you *think* you see, but what it is and what you see. The painting study on the left was about seeing light/dark and shapes (I squinted my eyes when looking at the rose). The drawing on the right is obviously about only


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