09 Dec American Marriage, third version
Art of Action: Attempted my third version of American Marriage. Essentially, two sets of figures occupy the foreground; embracing nude women and the standing male wood splitters. It is a more fluid drawing, and the overall composition is better unified; however, I need to share the image with another to appreciate the effectiveness of the narrative. I wonder if I can really move into a comfortable place with these more calculated figurative motifs, and ultimately execute them freely and dynamically with paint? I have never been as sure about drawing the figure with a brush as I have with pencil. It is exciting to rely more on fantasy then anatomy to conceive the human form, and to enter into a place of acceptance necessary to create a convincing figure. The resulting distortion is compelling, and clearly at the threshold of a new artistic self-awareness. Of course, Honore Daumier comes to mind, as well as Francois Millet. Can a twenty-first century painter really reinvent the figure in its modern context, and have the solemnity and classical dignity that these French masters achieved? I certainly hope so…I am certainly motivated to try.