Yesterday was one of those days where all I touched worked well. The painting "Pond" obtained a new level; it is very close to complete. I also made a drawing in anticipation of beginning a self-portrait. I began the self-portrait. I felt wonderful all day. After I went to bed I was wracked by chills, and continue to feel uncomfortable today. You will not see a post from me tomorrow.
In "Pond" the standing man's hands, arms, legs, and bathing suit were altered, along with minor changes to the stones and the background. These subtle changes play well against the pond and the fish. The problems which remain are details of little consequence.
I have been thinking of a self portrait for several weeks. The following drawing was made in anticipation. My goal in the drawing was to center myself around my purpose in making a self-portrait: a visual likeness is secondary to an emotional likeness. The first version of "Self-Portrait February 2011" follows. Surprising to me, it is not a bad likeness. The canvas is 32 X 32 inches, and the paint applied was ivory black, grayed by titanium white.
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