Friday, October 3, 2014

Only You (in progress)

I finished the faces of the couple on the "movie screen":

size of detail: approx. 38" x 33"

I've always felt that to move forward, to break new ground, it's often necessary to take on challenges that give me a lot of trepidation, and this is especially true with the bigger paintings. In this composition, the couple on the screen was one of those challenges. While the composition worked well in the drawing, drawings are forgiving and I was worried whether it would still work when actually painted. I've juxtaposed large and small faces before, but never at such an extreme size difference. It's a big relief to have them done and to finally be able to get a full sense of the scale and how the composition is coming together.

Only You, in progress, 45" x 75"

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"There is more power in telling little than in telling all."
- Mark Rothko

“The mind loves the unknown. It loves images whose meanings are unknown, since the meaning of the mind itself is unknown.”
- Magritte

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- Richard Diebenkorn

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the mystery of the instinctive in the human race.”
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