Paint What You See

The Left and Right View From Our Brain
Not talking politics here. 
I'm talking about the deliberations the two sides of our brains engage in when we make art.

"Paint what you see", directed the art master.

From the right view are the "shoulds". It should look like this. You should add that. I doesn't look like I learned it to be; such as 'it's a nose, not a shape and where are the two nostrils?'.
From the left view are the "what ifs - uncertainties" between what we think we should see and what we are actually seeing in reality and trying to communicate in our drawing but can't; such as apples do not have an edge in space, most features can be obliverated by a strong shadow.

As we move through space ourselves, these two sides serve as checks an balances so we don't step off the side of a cliff when chasing a rabbit. But in rendering art they often collide with the intent of the artist.

Stepping away from your art
for a time 
often brings bilateral agreement and workable solutions.

After a day away, but in view,from my Emma sketch. 

With coffee cup in hand this morning, shuffling across the living room floor, the two sides of my brain zeroed in on my other lab, Jazzy, who was laying in a position similar to Emma's picture. A wide beam of sunlight spotlighted what my left brain was trying to communicate to the right in my Emma sketch. The right side of my brain loved the view and bilateral solutions were developed.

 In my piece of art, Emma is the main character within the context of her setting and our story together. From the distance of her sketch I would not be seeing as much fur details as her shape within her environment.

The right brain had earlier focussed on direction of hair growth, broader blocks of shadows and highlights, eye structure and color that all would be more appropriate if I were doing a close up portrait of her. That I never intended.

 Summing with an analogy for my painting of Emma: 
If I can see the whiskers on a mountain lion I am probably too close for the picture I wanted to capture.
Jazzy posing as Emma