Manipulation is a good thing...
My newest painting is proceeding slowly, as I move it forward in acceptance of the importance of fully committed, sympathetic manipulation. The role of a balanced studio life in now known to me, one of research, using the tools I have developed. The tools are restricted to painting and drawing, with drawing leading the way. Drawing more quickly nudges at my questions. It does feel as if this order of things is changing. Painting is becoming more available as a research tool, rather than one which follows the gains made by drawing.
I have renamed the painting shown today, now entitled "Intimidation." My work is always about subtle human interaction, so why not name paintings by an emotion exhibited by the characters' delicate visual cues? Yes, this is one more question not fully answered. A painting is always more complex than a title may indicate. In this case manipulation may be a bad thing. I should be careful about manipulating the viewer with word clues, since a painting should evoke the richness of each viewer's experience. My giving titles obviously requires more thought. For now I will stick with the title "Intimation," which feels a bit intimidating.
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