In my own modest easel practice I’m trying to psych myself into painting a subject more than once. Artists I admire do it. Real artists. They dwell and go deep; obsess, in a good way. I’m afraid I have a tendency just to skate over surfaces, then move on. I got a kick out of this article about Filip Peraić, who goes deep on one athlete’s profile.
Filip Peraić needed a career boost. He found one by drawing Harden, the Houston Rockets guard, in profile over and over and over again.
“I like repetition, and I’m a bit stubborn,” he said when asked how he could keep coming back to the same image. “When I made a couple of them I thought, ‘This is really interesting.’ It’s a challenge for me.”
(Benjamin Hoffman, “What Better Muse Than James Harden’s Beard?” NYTimes, 3-27-19)
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