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27 September 2006

A Pirate
Here is another study from a model. This model sat for about 3-4 hours. I like aspects of this painting. I feels it is complete even though there are areas of the white canvas showing through. There is a wholeness to it . . . . a unity. I don't necessarily think " when is this painting done", an open ended question if there ever was one. Rather I try to get most of what's in front of me or in my head, out onto the canvas, and I stop when I feel it has achieved a certain unity. There is a dialogue I am trying to have with myself and the painting. Establishing that dialogue or finding it is not easy, but it is what I am after. That dialogue leads me to this unity within a painting.

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