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    The KISS - 1987

    The Kiss is my second largest painting at 72 x 96 inches. It was painted on a black ground, a convention of mine at the time. I would paint the prepared canvas solid black before then painting on top of that base. The black stops the light from penetrating through the layers of semi-transparent paint to the white canvas and reflecting back (so often the goal in an oil painting), and so deadens the color and makes for a darkened, leaden image overall. I would discard this practice after this painting only to pick it up later for The Dark Paintings.

  • The KISS

     

    The Kiss

    1988 - oil on linen - 72 x 96 inches

     

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