This is the final final state of "Amidst a Falling World." Yesterday the canvas was taken off my work wall, then stretched on its newly manufactured stretcher. This morning I accurately measured its dimensions, which are very close to the last version. I did have to re-paint the edges to insure the surface is consistent from edge to edge.
So this is me? Not quite yet (Which is one of my many mantras). More and more to come!
Revelation is interesting; possibly deceptive. I accept the painting Along for the Ride as complete. Is it perfect? Possibly; more likely it is the best it can be/thus the best it will ever be. It is knit together by a staccato of marks. My last three paintings contain repetitive marks. This worries me. My next painting will be reluctant to utilize the same methodology. Revelation comes through challenge. That seen, previously revealed, is always more of a question than an answer.
Yesterday's drawing came rapidly. It exploded after the concentration required to complete Along for the Ride. This drawing felt very good during its creation. I am reluctant to judge its merits. It certainly could be a precursor to my next painting. Mostly I needed to run after walking gingerly through the final phase of Along for the Ride.
The decision that brings the end of a painting's process is one of reaching the zenith of its present tense success. Such a time has come to the painting Adjective. It is solved, not finished; it requires a look over, and a sprucing; All paintings get solved before they are finished. Finishing requires "a finish," like a fine piece of furniture.
Final evaluations feel impossible. They are not impossible; they are very difficult. The painting 2017 No.10 has taken a month of my time. It is almost as good as it gets. Yesterday's changes do feel correct. I believe it is time to touch up the little gaffs, then move on.
Yesterday's drawing explores freedom of movement tied down by solid forms. Interesting!
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