This blog traces my influences, studio practice, learning, and teaching of art.

Did Michaelangelo Make A Mistake?

After a discussion with a Jewish friend, I changed my depiction of Michaelangelo's statue, Rachel. Is it true that Jews do not pray with their palms touching, but with their hands over the heart? I hope so because I sanded off the old image of hands and repainted them over her heart. (In oil painting it is dangerous to paint in layers especially when one is dry: Good oil paints have mineral pigments in them which make the linseed oil dry at different rates.) That's my shadow on the left. The painting is dated 1993-1995 and is in my collection.