This is, I think, the final version of my first 9.5′ x 10.5′ painting. I started it a year and a half ago, thought I was through with it (mainly because a film company was using the studio I was working in and they were too difficult to work around). The painting looked good, it was mainly dark blue, people liked it, but I didn’t feel it was good enough. To me, it looked like every other painting I had been doing for a few years. It didn’t excite me. My work changed dramatically (from my point of view) just after I thought I was “finished” with this painting (and maybe because of it, at least partially); I needed to go back and work on it again.
The process of revising, redoing, reinventing the painting has been long. There were times when I thought I had lost it. Then it would come and go a few more times. I can’t think of anything more it needs now, so I am leaving it as it is. Maybe when I go back to the studio again, I’ll feel differently. I hope not. I’ve already started a second 9.5′ x 10.5′ painting. It’s coming along. And as usual, I learn so much from working with this scale.