In recents posts I been elated about the progress of my work. On 04/20/2011 I wrote about my exhaustion after several days of substantial success. I took one day off, went back in the studio for a day, moved forward on the painting "Man and Man," and then yesterday was low key, producing just one drawing. I believe yesterday's drawing is important. Many struggles are occurring in "Man & Man," most important is my desire to observe, address, and substantiate the relationship between the two characters. In the drawing shown today I address a relationship between two people. The characters' heads dominate, and I try to find subtle interaction between the two. This has to happen in "Man & Man." This has to happen in all my work. Even when a character is by himself, or herself, there has to be an emotional connection. When only one figure is in an image the connection must occur between the viewer and the character in the painting.
My struggle with character relationships is only one problem I am trying to solve. "Man & Man" is investigating color, composition, texture, and form, and much more. I am questioning my use of all the elements of art. "Man and Man" is an important painting, but during the next few weeks you will see me revisit virtually every major painting I have begun in the past year. Today I intend to put the painting "Window" on my work wall and take a good look at it. "Window" is a painting that got stuck. Perhaps I can put it in motion again.
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