oil on canvas 12" x 18"
Hemingway often said he would put in everything in the first draft and then cut everything out except the absolutely essential. He wanted you to feel the stuff that wasn't there anylonger - without clubbing the reader over the head with it. He used to claim he learned this looking at Cezanne's paintings in Paris in the early 1920s. This seems to me to be a pretty good way to describe my working method on these works - a fight to bring form out of the chaos of everything - with the power of the thrashing chaos still present. Cezanne's form was attempted by bringing the visual world to understanding through his color and regular marks. The man is present in his method - in his way of seeing and recording.