It is extremely smooth going in the studio. Everything seems solvable. Perhaps the years of work are paying off in my being able to tackle the problems I feel compelled to solve. I have experienced this feeling of competence and exuberance before. I distrust it will last forever. For now it is a pleasure going to the studio and feeling I can do what needs to be done.
Yesterday I remarked the new painting, "Four People," had created a problem very different from "Pond." The frieze needs space to breathe. Today I show version 2 of "Four People." You might find this stage messy, but you can see the spatial problem being solved. The hands of the central figures are an example of initiating spatial dialoge on a smaller scale than in "Pond." I am intrigued by the solution and excited by its pursuit. Here is a photo of the current state of "Four People" (this reproduction disturbs me more by the photo's inability to replicate its nuances than the muddiness it exhibits):
The square dimensions of "Four People" allows it to be reproduced in a larger format in this blog than "Pond." "Pond" has a width smaller than its height. This relatively large reproduction of "Four People" does help you see through its smears and smudges, allowing you to glimpse the effort I am putting into forms as small as the fingers.
The one drawing of the day began with a man in full profile (unusual for me). I very much enjoyed the woman's reaction to him with her tilted head.
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