Steve in Yellow, 2005-08, oil on canvas, 36 x 30 inches
It seemed that I would never finish this painting. It has been three years of working on it, putting it away, forgetting about it, bringing it out and reworking it, hiding it, reworking it, and now I can say I'm done! I started this painting in late summer of 2005 and was finished, to my believe then, in October. Then in December I realized that I was not happy with it. Since that day I embarked on a long back and forth relationship with the portrait; funny how art imitates life. In the end, after technical struggles I can say I'm happy with the end product, but I didn't do it alone. I have to thank my friends Josh and Oscar for critiquing the piece as it sat on the easel or hung on my wall. Their fresh eyes helped me see the things I was not noticing. There are so many layers of paint that there are areas where the canvas is no longer visible, such as the area of the face. It was always the face I had problems with, and maybe it still looks a bit off but I think it's the best it will ever be, but before I start making more changes and repainting the face I took the painting out of my apartment and made a run for it to work.
"Anything under the sun is beautiful if you have the vision-it is the seeing of the thing that makes it so."
- Charles W. Hawthorne -
"One of the functions of art is to remind us of common humanity. The artist, like the priest, can sometimes remind us that we are bound by an obligation to one another stronger and more lasting than the bonds of politics or economics."
- John Manchip White, Diego Velazquez: Painter and Courtier -
"To defend an artist as original says little about his work except that it is in some way different from what preceded it. As such, originality itself is rarely a strong defense, for it is born more of admiration for audacity and perseverance than necessarily of understanding." - James H. Rubin, Manet's Silence and the Poetics of Bouquets -