The painting "Two" is now moving toward completion. The most dramatic portion of problem solving is over. Now I must cope with the most difficult, and the most creative, problems. What I do now, the quality of my solutions, will make the difference between a good, or an an excellent, painting. The decisions are many, and each is a subtle nuance of expression, from fingers and toes, to the purse of the lips, to the background and its variations.
The background works some places, and other places it demands more attention than it should, some places it takes away from the main focus of the painting. This is a color problem, and also a variation problem. The color, and its value, must vary to highlight the figures, yet still speak as a consistent surface and ground. Then there's the expression on the faces, and the expression of the eyes, the mouths, the cheeks, etc. This is getting boring. I'll show you the results of yesterday's work on the painting, then back to work...
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