My return from New York City feels dramatic. I needed that! Balthus was not as exceptional as I believed prior to my seeing a lot of his works in one space ― Balthus labored through his paintings (although they have wonderful reductive form, light, and composition, they do not glow with inspiration). Vermeer's "Girl with a Pearl Earring" is a beautifully conceived face, but it fails as a total painting (the background has decayed toward black and sits like a dead plate behind the exceptional light and form of the girl's physiognomy and turban). And Magritte found image after fascinating image, but in the end he deadpans it all (the power of image is stronger than the power of inventive painting). And so it goes... I am as critical of my own work as the works of these painters from the past. I returned to the studio with a desire to pull together my various interests. I want to make my multiple driving forces work together in painting after painting, and drawing after drawing. I want my art to represent all I know and all the questions I ask. I need my art to be a conduit to revelation.
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