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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The subjectivity of Seeing

Mary, Mary   oil/canvas   36 x 24 x 1.5
The varieties of human taste always interest me. I paint with lots of other artists. Each has his/her own way of seeing, of taking in the sight in front of them. Mary was a beautiful model. When she entered the room, I took note of her hair, which had been dyed a kool-aid lime green. That, I thought, would be my "hook", my focal point. Then, as the painting progressed, I thought that her revealing backless dress and the muscles on the back would be my focal area. By the second session, I realized that the thing of interest, to me, was her heel, turned so subtly in those strappy high heels. I wouldn't even had guessed it myself! There, in the left corner, is my center of interest. I guess it is like ice cream..............different people, different flavors. I have always loved rum raisin.

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