Just because you can do something doesn't mean you need to do it or that you must do it. In making art and in teaching art one of my guiding principles is that less is more. Being too obedient to what your eyes tell you can mean producing something that is competent but banal, pedestrian. What you must obey is the truth of your intuition and this often means having the courage to reject information, too much information.
I knew that the last version I posted of my portrair of
Fionn Wilson with the more detailed. lighter hair, was wrong. Wrong in terms of
my portrait of Fionn, never mind anything else. The added information
about hair detracted and distracted from the character of the face. I
knew this while I was in the act of 'improving' the hair and yet I
carried on, going against my intuition.