It feels like that. I seem to know what I am doing. I have ideas and I can execute on them. Yesterday I was working on the painting "Four at the Table" and I realized these people are looking at someone coming into their space. They are startled. This reminded me of Rembrandt's painting "The Syndics of the Clockmaker's Guild" (see Rembrandt's painting below my painting). It has been remarked that the men who populate Rembrandt's "Syndics" look startled, as if someone unexpectedly has entered the room. Look at the man at the extreme right in the Rembrandt. He is picking up his gloves as he begins to stand. The disquiet of these people, who seem to be caught in a moment of transition and decision-making, lets us know we are experiencing an instant in time. Rembrandt's famous painting is NOT a normal portrait, nor is mine. Through this dialogue I now comprehend I am a painter of "moments in time." Often I have wondered why I enjoy Manet and Rembrandt so much. It is because they depict people in specific moments. Degas does this too (look at my blog post of 10/27/2011). Today, at the end of this post, you can view Manet's painting "Olympia," about which similar remarks have been made: it appears as if the woman's suitor has just enter the room! In between all of these paintings is my drawing from yesterday, also a depicting a "moment in time."
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