Robert Altman's film "Gosford Park" has a cast of many characters, each convincingly wander through this film prone to basic human traits. These proclivities can be identified as the seven deadly sins: lust, greed, sloth, gluttony, anger, narcissism, and envy. Today I show version 15 of the painting "Window." This painting is finally starting to make sense to me. I can feel it coming together, and because of this I have become more dedicated to working on it; I can feel within myself a strong desire to get it right. The relationship between the figures has begun to sing true. This is not a film, and I cannot move the viewer from scene to scene, so I have placed a fantastical nude on the table to imply a major and problematical component in the relationship between the man and the woman. There is obviously lust, which does not fully describe the complexity of this man/woman relationship. Lust is a minor player in one gender's desire to be involved with the other. This is where I need to rip a quote from Vincent van Gogh: "What I want and aim at is confoundedly difficult, and yet I do not think I aim too high." Robert Altman's exhibition of human problems in "Gosford Park" begins in simplification, as characters emanate base human qualities of the seven deadly sins. At the end of the film, the viewer of "Gosford Park" is compelled to comprehend the overwhelming driving force between people is not simplistic traits, such as envy and narcissism. We are driven by a more profound nature, which animates our desire to express, secure, and confirm our very existence. It is my aim to demonstrate our complex human, instinctual, nature. I do not think I aim too high.
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