Paintings never make complete sense upon first impulse. The elements are there, but the reason for their existence is not immediately comprehensible. Thus it is with the painting "Window." Today I show version #17 of this painting. My paintings develop on their own time. I must accept the enormous time required to obtain clarity. Vincent van Gogh and Pablo Picasso were much quicker; both often made a painting a day. Many of those paintings were mediocre, but a few were excellent. The best works of van Gogh and Picasso are the most developed, and these excellent works appear to have taken more time than these artists' average paintings. Examples are van Gogh's self portrait in the Fogg Museum (Harvard University) and Picasso's "Guernica." The progress of "Guernica" was recorded in photographs taken by Picasso's mistress Dora Marr, so we know it took more than a month from start to finish. To remind you of these paintings, by van Gogh and Picasso, I show them after my work.
Yesterday, before painting on "Window," I made another study for its reclining nude. Obviously, I must get her right, because she has become so very important to this painting. In yesterday's drawing I was most interested in her arms and how they move out of the torso. The rest of this drawing does not resemble the nude in "Window."
The painting "Pond" is back on my work wall. It looks very good. I washed it down and coated it with retouch varnish. I am ready to finish it off, but that will not happen today. In my effort to be aware of my energy and ability to focus, I will not paint today. Last week was a good one; consuming much energy and full of insight. Check in tomorrow to see a drawing or two.
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