Why is it slow going?
The painting "Two" continues to develop, but oh!, so slowly. At one point I believed the painting "Pond" was my entrance into mastery, but "Two" is a greater step forward. The struggles I have in finding the solution to "Two" do not match the struggles connected with solving "Pond." I want problem solving to go more quickly. I am solving the painting "Two" more quickly compared to the slow grind experienced in solving "Pond," which took at least three months. It is good I see the problems in my art which require solving. Making art is similar to being in a room and feeling a draft on one's neck; you simply close the window. As artists we must work to become sensitive to the drafts, so we may act upon them. By this process of elimination we make art. However, even with this process, an artist must learn to accept a work of art as "concluded," when further efforts no longer reward with better expression. Leonardo da Vinci wrote, "Art is never finished, only abandoned."
The painting "Two" is now substantial, and close to being solved. Here is its current state...
The one drawing from yesterday continues my exploration in the power of subtle distortion as expression of subtle human emotions.
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