ya know it don't come easy...a painting that took years to resolve...Deference
Deference oil/canvas 40 x 30 x .75
Sometimes paintings paint themselves. Rare but it happens. Sometimes paintings go on and on forever with no satisfiable resolution in sight. Sketches help, but are not guaranteed. My goals in this work were to shift attention from the face and figure to the foot of this seated dancer. After years and years of figure painting, I know that this was a lofty goal. The face and hands are nearly always the focal area. So, in effect, I was reversing the norm as well as the norm-in-my-brain. The model for this work posed in late autumn 2009. Since those sessions she: graduated from college, married, moved to New York, moved back, bought a home and had a baby. All those changes. And all of those changes virtually mirrored those changes taking place on the canvas. Although I feel that I have achieved resolution, I wouldn't want to go through this painful process again.
Enough of the upending. More sketches. More planning. More thinking.