A very early painting
I went ahead and bought some cheap bristle brushes, oil paint and turpentine. I later found out there were things such as mediums that would have made things work better. I had a composition in mind, I think, which was a family scene, maybe a portrait of my grandparents and myself. I was recently talking with Yuko and the subject of using mirrors to look at our own faces for reference came up and that’s how I remembered this painting. Most of the faces here look like my face because I was looking at a small mirror when painting them. A little odd. I intended to do a full fledged rendered painting over the anatomical drawing, but I never finished it. I always had a hard time reconciling the appearance of reality on a flat 2D surface. I got into ideas of Cubism and Abstract Expressionism and that’s probably why my work got flatter and less modeled with time. I don’t keep many things around, but I have this painting up in a corner of my studio. It was a bit of a starting point.