This is a 24 x 30 painting on stretched canvas.
I’ve been pushing lately to be more fluid, to paint faster and not to contemplate so much because I know this keeps the painting breathing, and alive more. I had been looking again at Toulouse Lautrec, mostly his paintings of the singers and dancers at the Moulin Rouge and absorbing the gestural brush work, the blocks of colors, the energy from the rapid execution he had most likely painted them with. I painted the woman right over an older piece that was just not doing anything for me. The figure is from a photograph that I always kept around because I loved not only the classical pose and the colors but her turn of the century feel, something I have a big addiction to.
I’m starting to have a sense of whats going on in this piece, there’s always a story and with more time it slowly starts to unravel and that’s the shining moment. As with most of my work, this painting is autobiographical, I am represented here by the woman who stares outward and away from the outer world that can give so much noise at times it impedes on my creative self. The demon like character on the right of her symbolizes the critical self. While creating this piece I experienced a great relief, like coming out of a period of a weary battle that had been clamping down on me for a long while.