I am not going back an entire year, but I am revisiting all the paintings I produced since July of 2010. Most of them require work to finish. "Window" is probably the most obvious in need of help. My first effort to make "Window" right came yesterday. With the knowledge I have acquired since I last worked on it, I have a chance to transform this good idea into an exceptional painting. The depth of this painting is considerable, so much so that I was unable to handle it in my first go-around. Yesterday's work brought better clarity to its basic theme, which is all about the two figures in shadow, and their difficulty dealing with the gigantic problem every couple must deal with, intimacy as involved inside and outside of sexuality.
I produced two drawings yesterday, both before I painted on "Window." These drawings are studies. As works of art, they do not stand alone. The first continues my research into various ways two people relate to one another; it is me testing the manner in which people express intimate emotional contact. The second is research into human physiognomy, mostly in terms of the possibilities of producing its elements within the structure of its overall form.
Yesterday I watched the film "The Fighter." It struggles to tell a tale of human relationships. The characters vary from mother to brother to sister to friend to lover, and each is conflicted by a variety of needs. People want so many things for themselves and from one another: these needs conflict with their relationships. In this film family members lose touch with the basic values of loving one another while seeking to flourish financially and for esteem within their community. The fighter wants dignity through success, but wants intimacy with family members and his significant other. "The Fighter" is a great movie.
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