“If you want to identify me, ask me not where I live, or what I like to eat, or how I comb my hair, but ask me what I am living for, in detail, ask me what I think is keeping me from living fully for the thing I want to live for.”
― Thomas Merton
When I “finish”a painting it’s always an arbitrary point in time. Truthfully, I could always keep working on a painting. But if I let the work speak to me it always says at some where along the line, “Stop here. I’m good.” Of course, then I step back and think “well, I could keep going on that corner” or some such thing. When I look at this felt hat painting I have that thought. But then I have a second thought. It’s “what did I set out to accomplish?” With this one I wanted to give everything to the face, hat and hand. And I did. And it came out the way I wanted it to. I think about the great portrait painters like John Singer Sargent. He felt comfortable with slapping on the paint in great swirls and gestures everywhere except in one chosen area. If Mr. Singer feels comfortable doing that, well, so do I.