The right arm disappears.
Then I switched to oil paint, frustrated with the feeling of the acrylics. And the smell. Recently the painting changed direction completely It has become self-contained: an oval shape, holding all the chaos that was formerly coming out of the human form (myself). I can see the direct effects of my recovery on my art and part of the process is letting new things happen that replace the old ones. But I question whether I should have let the old image go in purely visual terms. The oval does not convey the same excitement. At least not yet that is. I need to get the figure back.
right: Untitled Oil on Canvas 4' x 6' Triada Samaras 2016
The figure begins to re-appear.
Each successive change in my canvas marks a shift in consciousness. Unlike acrylic paint, oil paint has a mind of its own. I like that aspect: the fact that the paint can decide on its own even if I can not. It is like the undertones and overtones of a beautiful piece of piano music. Schumann and Chopin come to mind. All the things the composer perhaps never anticipated, the breathing sounds of the players, the creaks and shifts in the instruments. These things take on a life of their own. And with oil paint the same thing happens. The brush strokes' direction, the tiny shifts in color, all take on a life of their own.
The hand re-appears.
The most recent version is above, although the image is cropped. This painting is extremely hard to photograph as each separate light source changes the image immensely. I think that is part of its beauty however. In this digital age when a beautiful and seemingly perfect image is available at the tip of any person's single fingertip, the oil on canvas art object gains status in its camera shyness. It calls the viewer, perhaps, to want to view the image in a real and tangible world of body and object, breath and light.
At this moment the hand on the top right is still bothering me and I can not decide if it will remain there or not. It was certainly a part of the original image. But as I have already said so much has changed.......... T.S.