There are mixed emotions surrounding the conclusion of a painting. Actually, a painting is never finished. It approaches perfection, but never achieves it. I must accept a painting as "concluded" when it is as good as it gets at this moment in my life and ability. "Pulling Onions" tells this story. It is about me, right here right now. There are things I absolutely love about "Pulling Onions." I know it intimately, as one would know their own child. I love it, but I also see its problems. When a painting sings true, and the problems are not enough to overwhelm its personality, the painting is done. Yesterday the figure on the left was completely repainted. A myriad of decisions were made and executed; so many as to be overwhelming to discuss, and boring in content as well. I do not want to over-work this painting. There are a few more details to be revisited. "Pulling Onions" is almost done.
Yesterday's drawing is a study for a painting, "Flood." Floods are ripe with allegory, metaphor, and myth. We live in a time when human tragedies, as a result of floods, have been immense. This new painting will allow me to deal with reality, and with my need to create a personal mythology.
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