Closer to the End/Beginning...
This painting (02·26·2013), as old as it feels to me, is an important chunk of an ongoing transition. It is academic proof. It demonstrates my ability to drive a painting to its intuitive, fastidious end. Its necessity in obvious. I am arriving at its end with the confidence to begin anew. It is "one step backward" in the iterative process of research ("two steps forward, one step backward, two steps forward, et cetera..."). This painting's end will give me the aplomb I require. I will be able to take the next "two steps forward". Anticipation of these next steps induces fear. Risk-taking will be required. The places I will go are unknown. All I know is this: I must actively indulge in personal research to find my authentic id.
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