I wouldn’t call this painting a “break through” but I will call it a small step forward. With this one work I’ve changed my thought process slightly, but I expect the slight shift to make a huge difference in the future.
The change is simple. I’m thinking more about structure rather than surface. Of course, all I have to look at is surface, but I’m thinking about what is under the skin to cause this particular color or value. I want to be able to describe the figure in such a way that the bones, muscles, fat and tendons below the skin are apparent. More than just surface. It is going to take many many of these paintings to achieve this.