The confusion of an ending.
I am glad I write this blog and post the current version of my painting. I am glad because Untitled Triptych-08·13·2014 looks good here.
Yesterday, in the studio, I was feeling the inadequacy I often feel when a work is close to conclusion. It is the "what if?" feeling. What if I had approached this painting differently? Could I have made it a better painting? Would I feel that the painting more comprehensively represented me? In any case, it is what it is. I want to move on. After my efforts to get this painting right I know so much more. I'd like to use my newfound knowledge! However, this painting, Untitled Triptych-08·13·2014, is not finished. The left panel is better than the day before, as is the entirety of the composition. Now, all details must be revisited. The question about each must be answered: "Is each detail sufficient to adequately drive the painting?" Today I am not in the studio, so the answers will have to wait.
Yesterday's drawing was my pedantic manner of exploring the emotional nuances of the human face. Now and then I practice these nuances for no other reason than to delve into what I know and question its effectiveness. Such was yesterday's drawing. It is no star.
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