A friend of mine visited the studio a couple of days ago. He commented on how the light on the two figures in a painting, he otherwise found interesting, was different from figure to figure. See below...
He was right. I let that painting sit quietly in my studio for over 3 months, untouched. It disturbed me too, but I was unsure why. Well, now I know. Several people, after viewing this painting at MEHRBACH.com on the " Art in Progress" page, told me they liked the painting, but I did not. So I let it sit until this comment from a friend made sense and clued me into the problem this painted exhibited. I, like people who viewed this painting on my web site, was enamored by one aspect of the painting, perhaps its emotional force. But this is not enough to make an excellent work of art.
Today I destroyed the left figure and began to repaint the entire painting. Tomorrow I will show a photo of this painting "in progress." It is going well, but I also realize today was more about revisiting the past then creating a new present. I also completed one drawing, but will not show it here. The drawing, like this painting looks old to me. But just as I was required to move back into the painting I was required to think about a certain aspect of drawing I actually find tedious, but necessary to practice.
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