Painting from Memory

The danger in drawing and eventually painting from memory is a tendency to make repetitious choices due to a lack of adequate information. This can be overcome by studying a scene and painting soon after in another location. Freemont Ellis told me he always painted in this way. George Bellows and other students of Robert Henri’s adopted the practice. Our memories retain the significant and eliminate the inessential, something for which the artist is always striving. Additionally, memory painting provides a need for creative invention.

Memory painting

Memory painting