Stop Making Sense is the title of a 1984 Album by the "Talking Heads." Its first cut begins with these lyrics: "I can't seem to face up to the facts; I'm tense and nervous, and I Can't relax; I can't sleep 'cause my bed's on fire; Don't touch me; I'm a real live wire." That is an apt description of my last three days, i.e., life with this painting, Along for the Ride. Yesterday I finally found sense in it. This happened when I gave in, relentlessly followed its needs. I fed it what it wanted! I stopped trying to make intellectual sense of it; I gave into its pictorial sense. Along for the Ride is not done yet, but yesterday it got a hell of lot closer to completion. This painting is not unusual for me; I often get to a place in my works (drawings & paintings) where I am boggled — what does it want? What's it all about? (That is a reference to another set of lyrics — see below.)
What's it All About, Alfie?
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