|And the painting moves on|
To be sure an artist wishes to raise his standard intellectually as much as possible, but the man must remain in obscurity. Pleasure must be found in the studying . (Paul Cezanne).
And studying is what I've been doing as I let this painting develop as it prompts. All My Guys are pushing and pulling at one another for attention. Make a mark on one, another mark is called for elsewhere. So painting goes whether it's a triple portrait or a landscape or a bouquet of flowers.
Working from that horrendous reference taken with a flash, I decided the flash color distortion is appropriate for this painting. The cool, harsh lighting fits the situation. My Guys are not close to one another. For the photograph they were seated apart; I brought them together in the painting. Art can work magic.
Magic can only happen flying solo in the studio. That's why this quote on obscurity from Robert Genn's list of Art Quotes appealed to me. We can blog, take work shops, attended open studios and meet the gang for an afternoon of plein air, but alone in the studio is where we learn by doing with no distractions.
The colors of the translation shown here are not as they are in the painting. The real colors are more subtle and way less yellow. I am struggling with warring photo programs in Windows 8.1. I prefer my Dell Jasc Photo Album; it has a greater capacity for getting accurate renditions than Windows Photo Gallery. But the operating system keeps insisting on doing things its way. Better watch out for Big Brother. I have a feeling it doesn't like my Jasc because I installed it myself and didn't get it from the App Shop? I'm going back to the seclusion of my studio where all the problems are fixable.