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Throwback post to one of my first paintings: the three handed virgin. it's a delight to look back on older pieces and see how different my art is now, and also how the same. while i can objectively say my craft had improved, i can still look at older pieces like this and love them for being the best i had to offer at the time. it's tempting to critique this image and cringe - the flesh tone is muddy, the lines are hesitant and wavery, the overall design is stiff, the shading is practically nonexistent - but none of that is fair. it remains one of my favorite pieces i've ever done, and still hangs above our little home altar. .
it's a humbling thing to keep older works in public view, and not succumb to the temptation to apologize and explain anytime someone new sees them. but that doesn't allow art to be what it is, it forces a false image on top, an idealized image of what that painting *should* have been instead of allowing it to have flaws, be inferior, a stepping stone and marker of certain phase in an overall process. any memory is that way, it's tempting to play the "if i'd known then what i know now..." game. and it can be fun and instructive if it leads to a better present and future, better paintings and clearer images and more transcendent love. .
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