I spoke to Dick Schellens on the phone last night. I thanked him for his in studio comments regarding the painting "Two Men." If you return to earlier posts in this blog you can see its origins and its miscue in terms of light. At the end of today you will be able to see all four versions of this painting in larger detail than you can see here on the Art In Progress web page. I had let this painting sit quietly in my studio for several months, feeling uncomfortable with it but not knowing why. Dick said, "The men are in two different light sources." An astute comment which brought me back into the problem solving. The next day I changed the painting, and I have changed it again. I intend to paint on it again today. Here it is in its present state:
To the left is a photo of the drawing made yesterday. It tells me I am getting closer to my ideal of feeling through the entire surface of the form and the drawing. Everyday I look at a Picasso print, which hangs (in reproduction) above my bed. In the Picasso the two female figures are distorted, but the eyes are very alive, so felt, so emotionally active. Picasso and Matisse, no matter how far they stray from classical form, exhibit this liveliness in the emotional aspect of the represented persona. I want this too. This drawing makes the effort to get this.
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