When you begin building a house, the rough structure goes up overnight it seems and then the work slows down as the details are added and slower still when we get down to interior fittings. So it goes with a painting done in the Venetian style or Photographic Realism. When I first started Morris, he went together rapidly, but now I'm down to a crawl. This is a painting about folds--folds in his face, his arms, his hands, his shirt. This is a painting about drapery. Anybody who has ever painted drapery knows, it is challenging-- and it's even more challenging when it is hugging
structured forms. While Morris looks relatively the same as the last time I showed him, his folds are in the process of being soften and simplified. I am also lightening up areas that were muted in the dark to define the forms and increase the volume. In photographs images are flattened. In painting, they need to be puffed up as if painted from life. Morris's arm is going to need some rounding out similar to the arm of his chair.
I paint all over the canvas. Using a mahl stick prolongs the session, but only a bit. When I notice I am about to set the rubber tip on fresh paint, it's time to clean up. An hour usually does it. But I'm no longer in a hurry to finish this to get on with that. I am enjoying the journey.