Art is made in its own time. I am hanging in there with the painting "Man and Man." This painting is getting better, but being there for it is one hell of a trip. I do not mean this negatively. I am simply amazed at how much time and energy a painting of this quality demands. One would think I would stop being amazed already, as I have been doing this activity, being a painter, for a long time. Perhaps it is me wishing to be like Picasso or Van Gogh; both completed many of their paintings in one day. It seems I am more like Balthus than Picasso.
I did not realize until today that "Man & Man" is similar in theme to a painting by Balthus, which I much admire. In the Balthus painting there is a clothed and naked girl, while my painting has a clothed and naked man (see an image of the Balthus painting after my work from yesterday). A postcard of this Balthus painting has been on the wall of my studio for several years (I believe the original painting is in The National Gallery, Washington, D.C.). I will show you another master paintings with a similar theme. After viewing the Balthus take a look at the masterpiece of Picasso's "Classical Period" (a painting which certainly took several days for Picasso to complete): "The Pipes of Pan," which is in the Picasso Museum, Paris. Like the Balthus painting, I have long admired this particular Picasso painting.
I am not happy with my recent drawings, including the ones I show today. These drawings are more about research than art, and therefore suffer from technical analysis stuck within one aspect of each drawing. These drawings do not glow as complete works of art.
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