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Grace Church School Friday Morning
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 This is the latest piece in the New York City series that I've been working on over the past couple of decades. This is Grace Church Lower School at 86 4th avenue. It measures 32 x 40 inches.
 
 Following are a few details and after that some iPhone grabs of the work in progress.












WORK IN PROGRESS

 The first decision was whether to leave the museum board white or paint it a solid color as a background. I went with white. The second decision was to remove the cat from on top of my work space.










 In my enthusiasm I cut the wrong pieces for this upper window as you'll see later. I also had to decide if this window would be true(r) to the size as it appears in life. If so, it would extend beyond the border. I decided to follow a lesson learned years ago from looking at Picasso. I would squeeze the window so that it fit within the border. In many Picasso figure drawings and paintings he would forshorten the figure so that it would fit in its entirety on the page/canvas rather than adhere to its actual proportions which would have extended beyond the page. It also brought to mind something I'd read crdited to Stanley Kubrick, "You can make it real or you can make it interesting." In general, both these things repeat often in my head as I work.

My mistake was in seeing one window as a template for the other.

 Here I began laying in some shapes for the doors to give me a general idea of their placement in relation to the rest of the piece.


 Again for placement. I cut out shapes for where the windows on the doors were to go. These were never intended to remain for the final piece.




 Beginning to add people. This was before completing the door.

Back to the doors.

 Discovering my error, tearing out the previous window and adding this correct one.

 Collage as I do it is completely improvisational. The grey hat in the doorway is the beginnings of an adult who never materialized.

 The blue in the corner is the beginnings of a child in a blue coat who was to be holding his parent or guardian's hand. He also never materialized.

Beginnings of a child who did make it into the final piece.

A new child. At the bottom are rejected variations for her sleeve as well as an alternate hat. There are also remnants of the child who was to be holding an adult's hand among other discarded pieces including a brown boot for an adult who was never to be.


New parent with two variations on her glasses above her head




Placement windows


All of the clippings here were cut for variations on the man's face.

These clippings are also from work on the man's face.





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