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Saturday, August 2, 2008

Group Gesture

Young Warriors   watercolor   12.5 x 17.5
I don't often paint people in a group. I guess that this is because I want to visit personal issues of my own as seen through the beautiful people that I paint. However, I became excited about this notion again when viewing the work of Alice White, the juror for "Real People" in Woodstock, Illinois. Her work is very big, very powerful. In the group setting, the individualization of the models is sublimated while the group gesture takes on a life of its own. That is not only ambitious, but difficult to do. While paying attention to the spark that White's work ignited in my interest, I am making a mental note to try it again. "Young Warriors" was done many years ago and is in the collection of the State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio.

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