The painting "Balancing" continues its development. Over the last couple of days it has "taken off." I have many ideas on where it must go, including these two items: (1) the woman's head has to lie down (increasing the diagonal compositional recurrences from bottom right to top left), and (2) the fish has to include a portion of his body below the water line (he now looks like a boat). Besides "Balancing," my drawing is also in rapid development. My friend Dick Schellens mentioned the sometimes disconnect between body language and facial language. As usual, his astute comments point out a concern of mine which I am currently making an effort to reconcile. In my 11/11/2011 post, entitled "Details," I wrote of this concern. The drawing shown that day was the beginning of an intensive effort to make facial expression more expressive, and more appropriate. The post of 11/11/2011 preceded my conversation with Dick Schellens. Dick had not seen that post or that drawing. This makes his comment, on his desire to see more expressive details in the facial expressions of my figures, even more startling and astute. Yesterday's drawing continues my efforts in exploration of strategies to make the details of facial expression more relevant to the emotional articulation of my drawings and painting.
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