I knew something was wrong. Yesterday's first drawing made the error clear. The man's right leg (on the viewer's left) is anatomically incorrect. This drawing is actually a study for the painting "Pulling Onions." The standing man's right foot, and right leg, has bothered me; I have repainted it multiple times. So I drew a standing man, working particularly with the feet and legs. It took the completion of this drawing, with the incorrect leg, to make me understand the reason for my discomfort. Now I see it! The thigh must dominate as it is enters the knee, not as I depicted it, where the calf muscle dominates. This information is mundane, annoying, interesting, and will not change the painting, or the drawing, from good to excellent. I obviously find it important, so I will correct the standing man's right leg in "Pulling Onions."
I have no complaint with yesterday's second drawing. In this drawing I got the standing man's feet and legs correct! Today's tale is one which speaks to the need to trust one's intuitive knowledge. My intellect could not identify the reason for the anatomical problem in "Pulling Onions." I listened to my intuition. I worked till my intellectual knowledge caught up with my intuitive knowledge. The pay off is more important than acquisition of simple, describable anatomical knowledge. This activity was practice in proper behavior toward finding success.
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