I uploaded a higher resolution reproduction of the painting Untitled Diptych-04·15·2014 today. This allows you to increase its size on your computer screen so details can be seen without breakup of its quality. The small step I took yesterday was on the man in the left panel, and surrounding him. On my screen the reproduction is, by default, 6 inches across. In this default reproduction his face appears too round and his chin line a bit too much in the shape of a simple curve. Zooming in you will see better. Of course, I want to make this painting work from all viewing distances. So despite me bragging about yesterday's successful small step, I will make his head work better today. If I appear elated to you, it is because I know the man in the left panel is now authentic. I am in the 34th state of this painting and it is finally in site of completion! For the first time in a long time I feel compelled to finish a painting completely. This does not mean extreme details, like pupils in the eyes, but cleanliness in the quality of the paint, forms, colors, and composition.
Yesterday's drawing is my evil twin. I don't like it much, but it was worthwhile practice. I experimented with shape versus form, and the variations in value required to create the nuances of minor expressive forms within the major form of the face.
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