The Problems with Butter
Butter has two problems: It is high in fat and it can go rancid. If I am not careful with 2017 No.11 it could take on these characteristics. It is done. It feels like any further alterations would just add fat, and perhaps allow it to go stale, rancid. It is time for me to intellectually intervene. My impetus for perfection must be replaced with intellectual enforcement, i.e., "This has been out on the table long enough! Time to put it on ice. Put it in the fridge!"
OK, but, this morning I looked at it in the studio, where light is good and reality is confronted. This painting needs three more minutes of time. I need to push down the slight yellowing of the upper right edge of its dominant form (the striped one). You may not be able to see this in today's reproduction. It is no big deal. It is simply me going a little more toward perfection. All this painting requires (for me to be fully satisfied) is little dabs of white over that yellowish edge, thus turning the form a bit more robustly. Tomorrow you will see the final reproduction of this painting. I promise. Also, tomorrow you will see the beginning of a new painting, 2017 No.13. I promise!
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