When you believe something so vehemently for years, it’s good to come back around to it and try and question what made you come to that belief in the first place.
Woman on Stool…
I still like him. Samantha asked me the otherday what it was, and I said the light. But I think it is really the loneliness of them that provokes me. A kind of hopper-esque world for the suburbs, fractured and grittier. I hadn’t thought of how similar they are before.
It’s a running joke that I paint so many self portraits that I am my best subject. This is the first self portrait since this one. Just for the record, I have been painting other things.
I’ve become aware of how these portraits work as personal reflection / confrontation. To that end this current work is very much a search for a new sense of identity in a new city, Philadelphia.
The painting is perhaps %75 done. And it has come a long way. At first it was very muddy (corresponding to the feeling of sorting out Philadelphia), and then I took a razor and actually cut the form out of the mud.
I’ve been painting in the mornings, and the sky has been switching between blue and grey. I’ve been trying to keep up.
Parts that need work, the values inside the room. The outside values are extremely bright, so I am constantly reminding myself to darken the inside values.
I also have to fix up the mouth. It’s not sitting on the jaw properly.
Felix brings me enjoyment. 🙂
This friday @ the Mendelson Gallery in Shadyside, William Rock will kick off the month long program “Spirit Unfolding”
I helped with the organization of this event, and am in Pittsburgh for the opening. Come out and say hello if you can! It looks like it’s going to be a good show
Went to a fair on South Street today that had various eco-related ventures and goings on in Philly. In addition to a free sample of some citrus cleaner, there were several interesting booths…..
Neighbors Allied for the Best Riverfront www.NABRhood.org
These folks are currently trying to stop the Casino onslaught on the Philadelphia Rivers. It really is amazing. Money speaks loudest everywhere it seems. It says they have weekly meetings, so more on this to come.
and Environmental Leadership Program Regional Networks.
This seems to be a training camp for environmental folks. Could be interesting! Applications are available starting next week.