When Paul Cezanne was asked if he was happy with his Portrait of Ambroise Vollard he replied, "I like the shirt front." (See reproduction of Cezanne's painting after my work.)
I believe being an artist means one will never be completely happy with the art one creates. This, of course, means one will continue to make art. The quest for perfect expression continues. Once again, reproduction is deceptive. In person, the head of the man on the left in the painting Untitled Diptych-04·15·2014, works better than seen here. I can finish that man today by taking a little weight off his chin line, and elongating his right arm (on viewer's left). However, after multiple tries, I can tell you I will not be absolutely happy with his image. I am happy with the overall composition of Untitled Diptych-04·15·2014. So, like Cezanne, I am happy with something. This brings me to the major problem I have with Untitled Diptych-04·15·2014. Its overall expression calls for a tightly bound manner of painting human physiognomy, and I don't like this tight feeling. In my next painting I will break this discomfort. I much prefer the manner in which I produced the heads in yesterday's drawing to the manner of approach in Untitled Diptych-04·15·2014.
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