As this painting sits in from of me, in the studio, as it is now, I like it best of all its 14 versions. That is not to say this is it. It will continue to be altered, but the alterations to come will now move toward completion, rather than exploration. There is a problem with this. It is ambivalence. I like a few of its earlier versions. Those earlier versions did not fully satisfy, but they had value. Some more than others. Such are the vagaries of making art ― along the way as value is won value is lost.
There is something else that has happened with this painting. There has occurred an alteration in my work habit as well. Working consistently has its tremors and worries, mostly about one's ability to get the job done satisfactorily. Hanging in there with this painting not only altered it, it altered me. I now feel ready to go back and finish the undone portions of the many paintings I have begun over the last couple of years. I have enlightened myself sufficiently to understand the stuff that needs to be done, not only to finish this painting, Untitled-10·20·2013, but to finish the many that were begun before it.
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