I did not get into the studio on Monday 11/08/2010, so when I entered yesterday I felt a bit disoriented ("Where was I? What was I doing last? Where was I going?"). So I went straight to drawing. Three drawings were made. Each subsequent drawing felt better then the last.
After the drawings were made it was afternoon and I proceeded to paint. As I mentioned when I last time posted a photo of the painting "Window," this painting needed the upper left to be solved. I am not secure with its current state, but I will show it. Yesterday I posted a photo of a Matisse, displaying how Matisse emphasized shapes in order to animate the flat surface. This use of shape is happening in "Window." Solving "Window" will be more difficult, as I insist both the perspective space, and the pictorial three-dimensionality of forms, are crisply perceived; which is seldom true of Matisse.
Van Gogh does the play between shape and perspective wonderfully. I mention Van Gogh in yesterday's post about the insistent flatness of the picture plane. I will show a photo of one of my favorite Van Gogh's to illustrate the problems now arising in "Window" and how one great artist solved a similar problem.
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