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Failing from the start

I am working on two paintings, tentatively entitled ‘Breaking the back’ and ‘Stillborn’. After working on the first, I became dissatisfied with the rudimentary depiction of anatomy. So, for the second, Stillborn, I first created a drawing of the skeleton. To that I added the muscles, nerves, and organs. I am happy with the process and the results thus far. I haven’t lost the expressiveness of the previous paintings. In fact, my reason for working this way is to increase the paintings’ expressive power by allowing the viewer to more easily recognize the subject.

A definition of 'stillborn' is the title for this post