After all these years of painting. I just realized how freeing it is to release myself from an idea.
Let me clarify. I've harbored this painting, two canvases, a her and a him for the better part of 4 months. It has been slated to be a diptych, although I've never found harmony or a balance that seems right. One figure has her hand extended into the other canvas, and while I have recreated backgrounds for her, her counterpart has left me idealess. I've tried to resketch him, alter the colors, add stitching...the works. But he is no longer in the picture, so it has been difficult, no impossible to conjure up any sentiment that would make him work. There they have sat, leaning against my studio wall, waiting for some attention. They were about as appealing to me as cold liver and onions for breakfast.
All of a sudden it dawned on me, that they didn't need to be one painting anymore. I've always liked her form, and she deserves more intricate goings on with her canvas. The other one can be anything I want it to be. It doesn't need to be placed beside her or have anything to do with her.
Here are the before pictures, starting with "her."
And now, "him."
Just to see what happens, I'm going to show her again, in her process, and then hopefully have some more progress in my next entry.
Here she is:
Let's see what happens!!