Yes, the painting "Pulling Onions" looks like it will be completed. It had me worried. I feel much different today than I did yesterday. There is relief surrounding me. I feel like beginning a new painting. Upon close introspection of "Pulling Onions" you will see refinement in the onions themselves. This is a sign of my finally being able to concentrate on the clean-up of minor elements. Yesterday's major changes were to the central forms of the painting: the vertical zig-zag of the hand - arm - hand - arm of the two figures. The bent over figure's left arm and hand (on viewer's right) are completely new.
Yesterday's warm-up drawing was inventive and fun in execution, if not cartoonish.
My art has moved itself toward personal myth. I worry about this as much as I worry about everything, from composition to form to color. My influences are various, from Picasso to Francis Bacon to Balthus to Van Gogh to Matisse to Giacometti to Paul Gauguin to Willem de Kooning to Arshile Gorky, and many more. Not all the mentioned artist explore "personal mythology." Although I could argue that even the most abstract artist is exploring his personal myths. Paul Gauguin made his best paintings when he was thinking mythologically. I have never shown his paintings in this blog before. Let me do that today to reinforce my thoughts about my exploration of personal mythology. I feel most connected to Gauguin's mythological work. I will show you two works by Gauguin. The most famous of his allegorical works is “Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?” (Museum of Fine Art, Boston). I will also show you a reclining nude with a reference to the serpent in the Garden of Eden. I like the second painting, entitled "Noble Woman," more than the celebrated "Where Do We...."
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