It may not seem like a big deal to begin a new painting. It is for me. It marks my transition away from an obsession with the painting "Pond" and into, what I hope, is more normal life as an artist. I call the new painting "Four People." There is about 3 hours of time in the initial sketch on a 52 X 52 inch canvas. Take a look.
This painting is spontaneous. I am learning I make two categories of paintings: (1) planned or (2) spontaneous. Spontaneous paintings are created by me walking up to a blank canvas and making a mark. Since I am all about human interaction, this usually means a human head is begun. In this case I started with the woman of the left and rest developed as reaction to her. Yesterday, before beginning "Four People," a drawing of three people was made. Here is that drawing.
The major problem I created with the first sketch of "Four People" is all the figures reside in the front of the picture plane, like a frieze. As you know, I enjoy pictorial sweep of space, as created in "Pond" and "Man with Plants." In "Four People" my other interest is already dominant, i.e. I will obviously concentrate on human interaction, from faces to touches to body language. I feel compelled to place the figures in some kind of space. Today I will endeavor to deal with the background in an effort to make it relevant.
I will return to "Pond" is a couple of days. "Pond" begs for a thoughtful finish. My taking a few days away from it will help me formulate what its conclusion requires.
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