Thanks for the feed back. And Jeffrey, yes, you played with contrast in the 2nd part of the poem (or another poem?).
“Mapplethorpe". Scary thought! I am familiar with one of his photos of black guy in a cube or something like that. Actually, about 15 years ago I did a series of pastel nudes in which I stood on my sturdy table and drew the models from this dramatic perspective, several of the poses where angular. But the real genesis was a recent day painting landscapes in a very deep fog of dead mangrove trees, with their strange angular dark limbs silhouetted against white…once a black model complained to me about how all the artists painted blacks as if they where whites (the lighting is really different)…so I got the idea to paint a black as dark as I could possibly make him. My first idea was to have him stand on one foot against a white wall, more or less in the same angular pose…but he had some back problems, so I placed him on a bed on a white comforter, and I stood on a chair with my head near the ceiling. The painting took six hours.
(Edited by Newberry on 6/17, 7:08am)