Like a man obsessed...
"Did you ever have the feeling that you wanted to go, and then you had the feeling that you wanted to stay?" These are lyrics from a song by Jimmy Durante, originally sung by Durante in the 1942 movie "The Man Who Came to Dinner", with Monty Woolley, Ann Sheridan, and Bette Davis. Staying and wanting to go; that is where I am with the painting (02·26·2013). I am a man obsessed with finishing off its details. I am looking for emotional and physical authenticity. I keep returning to the same details, over and over, looking for true solutions. I did this yesterday with the man's left arm (on viewer's right). Other elements changed as well, but I finally feel that his left arm and left hand are appropriate and require only a few finishing touches. I can see myself working on the man's left foot today. Check here tomorrow for an increment of change as I drive this painting toward its ultimate solution.
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