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So I was accustomed to having the photos reinforce my vision. But the Black Swamp photograph existed as a different vision from the one I was pursuing in the paintings. It has made me question the relationship of photography to painting:
Has my compulsive taking of pictures been necessary to the making of the paintings or do the photos coexist with the canvases?
If I had seen the photograph earlier would it have limited or enhanced the investigation of my first impression?
There does seem to be multi-level relationship.
It may be intuitive, but it also seems a necessary
part of the process of making art.