The Elements of Style...
The biggest change I perceive in my studio activity is my relentless need to get it right. I am developing a "style." This is not a "style" as in Impressionism or Cubism, but one in terms of approach, of method. I mention this today because of the painting "Man & Man." Much has been accomplished in this painting, but I am dissatisfied. The desire "to get it right" is strong. In general, this inclination is growing as my abilities are growing. Today I'll begin with moving the naked man's left foot (on viewer's right) down a smidgen. Then I'll go back into the naked man's head once again, looking for truth in his physiognomy and his relationship to the clothed man. Finally, and only if I have the time and energy today, I will work on the clothed man's head and his right hand, refining their form and color.
Yesterday's drawing continues my recent rise into virtuosity. It has a solidity and invention of form relatively new to my work. There is no going backwards now. My newfound powers demand my digging deeper. I will be making work of greater substance and meaning.
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