In 2001, I was fortunate to be accepted into Charles Cecil Studios in Florence, Italy. For three glorious years, I studied drawing/painting the figure and portrait using sight-size. This term describes a method of seeing and drawing that was used by Velasquez, Rubens, Van Dyck, and Sargent, among others. It can be used for portraits, figures, still-lifes or landscapes - wherever accuracy is the goal. Sight-size is a systematic way to see and measure in order to closely reproduce nature.
I'm delighted to offer a class in the basics of the sight-size method. A drawing or painting made from life is a record of thousands of artistic perceptions and feelings. This dialogue with nature was central to the old masters and is the core of using sight-size.