Today I show you the work I did on 06/20/2014 — that's 3 days ago! I was away. During my travels I saw a painting by my youthful mentor, Philip Guston. It hung in the Smith College Museum of Art in Northampton, Massachusetts, a gift of Philip's wife, Musa. Guston's painting was reassuring. Its demanding overall conceptualization demonstrated a resolution similar to the one I am questioning as I move toward the completion of Untitled Diptych-04·15·2014. The question? Where in Untitled Diptych-04·15·2014 do details became important? I am beginning to believe Untitled Diptych-04·15·2014 is so much more about the overall impact of the composition than it is about individual details. I must know when to stop painting. It looks very good right now. I believe it will be done with a little bit more work on the faces, and with some clean up of the muddy areas of the surface created by painting wet over wet.
I handled the the drawing I show here easily, despite its complexity. In some ways I feel I went too far. I pulled the drawing away from its more expressive middle development to finish off the details.
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