This is Jacqueline 1. She is a 60x44 inch acrylic on canvas. I am planning to rework her background and this is what I came up with while playing with the image in Photoshop.
Last evening I watched an interview with Brian Wilson. He was discussing the making of “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” and how long it took the Beachboys to get it right. What does it mean to get it right? This got me thinking about my art. Striving for perfection is good but thinking you have produced it is not. And what is perfection anyhow? Is it “getting it right”? I suspect that my mental image and expectation of a painting keeps evolving as I work on it and so I can never really get it right. That is just fine because isn’t the goal to keep improving?
I have a couple of favorite paintings that for me are nearly perfect – Picasso’s “Guernica” and Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring”. These two paintings have had a significant effect on how I think about my own art. Jacqueline 1 is my obvious bow to Vermeer.
Vermeer set the stage for you to complete the narrative. Who is this girl? What are her intensions? Is she an innocent chaste maiden or an erotic teaser? Is she inviting or frightened and pushing back? Does she have a secret? With a simple glance Vermeer created an ambiguity that results in multiple emotional responses that at any time seem real.
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