It keeps going. When you can do it, it must be done! This is about the painting "Pulling Onions." It is creeping toward completion, but with each change it becomes obvious another refinement is necessary. The bent-over man's left arm and hand (on viewer's right) must be altered completely. This required change comes despite my recent efforts to get that hand and arm right. Looking at it here, in reproduction, it is not bad, but being "not bad" is not good enough. Perhaps today's coming alteration will finish it off, as all else appears acceptable. I have done due diligence. My introspective inspection of this painting has been intense. I have worried about each element. This has included the invented anatomy of the bent-over figure, which I have concluded is compositionally necessary. The bent-over figure's playfulness and inventiveness speaks to this painting's metaphorical concept. Thinking of this reminds me of the problems of Marc Chagall. As reference to the difficulties of making art where fantasy and mythology supersede reality and anatomy, I show two of Chagall's paintings after my work. A choice must always be made toward achieving one's goal. I choose allegorical, metaphorical expression through personal mythological invention. Chagall made similar choices.
Yesterday's drawing was a simple warm-up for the work on "Pulling Onions."
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