In the last few years it seems I have begun a lot of work but not finished very much. I've been following a winding path, keeping more-or-less to the same direction while exploring a lot of side roads.
Now, from a vantage point further down the path, I look back at my unfinished explorations and decide to revisit some of them.
The little studies above, for example. I began 11 such studies last summer, and set them aside after just 2-3 paint layers. Digging them out now and working them over is very satisfying.
When I worked on Tension : No Tension at the turn of the year, I did not think I was finished with it yet. But a few very articulate visitors over the last week have mentioned how complete it feels to them now, and this has given me pause.
So, I begin this year in the studio, with an eye to bringing some past work full circle. Feels about right.