The surprise is a request. I am being asked to fill a hole in the painting, Flame. It is at the bottom of the painting. It looks like a simple half-circle. I perceive it as a hole that wants to be filled. This must be made "possible." My painting is making a request. I am going to answer it. Picasso once spoke of painting like responding to a draft of cold air coming from a window — you simply close the window. One of my tasks today is to close that hole.
The "impossible" is reproducing art accurately. The subtlety of values and hues in a painting, or in a drawing, made face to face, are impossible to reproduce faithfully. I have to accept that the viewers of this blog are getting a simplistic visual idea of my art. Much of its delicacy and nuance cannot be seen here. This is one more limitation of communication via the world wide web. The richness of seeing another person face to face is no where near the same thing as seeing another person's life visually unfold on Facebook.
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