In yesterday's blog I referred to the nearing conclusion of the painting "Pulling Onions." Easier said than done. "Pulling Onions" is getting better. Yesterday's most important change occurred in the spatial orientation of the left figure's arms, hands, and head. They make much more sense than in the previous version. Today I will continue to push this painting toward completion. I am not anticipating any more major changes, but when I walked into the studio yesterday I had not anticipated them either. The best thing that's happening to me is my change in approach. I am feeling, and knowing, my way through this painting. My activity is very natural, without the worrisome stress which accompanies a search for a solution when there is a great distance between the idea and what must be known to bring the idea into reality. I am solving this painting with knowledge, i.e. I know how to go about solving its problems without immediately knowing the answers.
Yesterday's only drawing continues to explore the "flood" theme. The flood of the Susquehanna River in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania brought back bad childhood memories. One of my favorite Uncles, Uncle Eddie, lost his sign painting business in Wilkes-Barre in the 1972 Susquehanna flood. I was very young, and felt great pain seeing my Uncle Eddie so distraught. He had no flood insurance. The news channel said this year's flooding by the Susquehanna is worse than in 1972. I am so sorry.
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