I am currently experiencing a renewed enthusiasm for painting and drawing. I began painting in when I was a teenager copying pictures out of books and magazines. I turn fifty this month which means I have been making paintings for at least 35 years. When you do something that long you can look back over the ups and downs. The good thing about that back looking view is you can remind yourself if youare presently in a down mode you can rest assured that an "up" is on the way.
I am working on a couple of multifigure paintings these days. The photo accompanying this post is a set up photo I am using as a reference for one of my new paintings. I continue to use my children as models. Frida Khalo used her own face over and over again to create her visionary self portraits that some how were always surprisingly different one from the other. Morandi used the same dozen of humble bottles and jars over and over for years and years. There is something very powerful about returning to the same subject matter or the same figures or the same section of skyline over and over. So much of our experiences in this culture remain surface and unsubstantial. A deep commitment to a subject is a chance to go deeper into meaning. The wonderful thing about reaching a deep place in one particular area is the potential to extrapolate from there to other subjects through organic connections.