I’ve been working on the geomantic man piece and figuring out how I might eventually be satisfied with him. I’m re-silvering the dark blue ground around him down to a low horizon line where I’m planning to paint a line of men looking up at the figure, so that he becomes a sun god being contemplated by a crowd – I’ve only done the left side so far, the right side will mirror it. I started work rationalizing the symbols so that they reflect the alchemical work of combining the elements to make the stone. When they’re all done I’ll explain them carefully. It’s making more sense now. I couldn’t get much further with the face of the sun today, because that Cadmium yellow has to dry thoroughly before I get to play with the surface.
Janet brought her artist friend Francesco Masci from New York over to visit, so we spent a congenial hour at the studio talking art and looking at his paintings. To my pleasure I recognized one as a portrait of Paul Lucchesi, who’s coming to CLU for a residency in Fall.Â