"Renoir painted Renoirs first and foremost. He often had models with dull complexions, not pearly, and he painted them pearly. He used the model for a movement, a shape, but he did not copy, he never lost the idea of what he could do.See Also:
"One day I was out walking with him and he said, 'Bonnard, one must embellish.' By 'embellish' he meant the share the artist has to bring to his picture in the first place."
-- French painter Pierre Bonnard (1867--1947), in Conversation with Angèle Lamotte (1943), quoted in Letters of the Great Artists, p245
7 Ways to Improve Your Painting While at Work
The Real Reason We Paint
Image: © M Boddy-Evans. Licensed to About.com, Inc