I am trying to stay in touch with my creative energy. Yesterday I did not possess the proper focus to continue to paint on "Window." I made a couple of drawings; the second is a study for the reclining nude in "Window." In terms of being a "study," I was most interested in the upper torso and arms, so the final drawing looks quite different than the nude in "Window." Also, a drawing takes on a life of its own. Being a study does not mean it will perfectly adhere to the image in the work being "studied."
I feel a strong need to pull together my "loose ends." Today I will put "Pond" on the painting wall and begin to move it toward completion. It is solved; the work requires refinement. First I'll need to wash it down (remove the studio dust) and place a coat of retouch varnish on it (refresh the colors of the dried paint). I also plan to work a little on the nude in "Window." I can not do much to "Window" today because its paint is wet and slimly. However, I can scrape the paint off the section which bothers me and on that portion apply fresh paint. "Window" requires much more work, but much of it will be to enhance what is already present, so it will have to dry before I enhance.
I saw Karole Armitage's new dance work last night, "Three Theories." Its themes revolved around three important theories of Physics: Relativity, Quantum Mechanics, and String Theory. These are vastly different from one another in approach, and their ability to deal with the complexity of our universe. String Theory purports to be a "Theory of Everything." The dancers were wonderful, but the overall experience fell into boredom as its three sections (one for each of the theories) were not much different in movement. There was a repetitiveness; too much of the same. More than anything, this piece spoke to the need for contrast in a work of art.
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