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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Faldoni, parts 2492 - 2495

 2492. As he stood there at his work station, lost in thought about how to draw the shape of a nose which has no lines, his concentration on the question lead him to begin examining his nose with his fingers, searching in vain for the specific place where the profile stands out in clear relief, like looking for the cutting edge of a paper doll.

 2493. He could not find the line, and as luck would have it, he had just finished grinding up a quantity of lamp black pigment, a color very similar to what you see coating the insides of an oil lantern. As a consequence Faldoni’s nose was jet black. He realized what he had done to his face because of the questioning look directed at him by the master and all the apprentices.

 2494. His reaction to their stares was simply to rap the top of his head three times with his knuckles, clean his nose with a rag, and return to work with renewed energy and hopeful conviction.

 2495. That evening Faldoni painted his first profile portrait head. He began his painting with excitement and high hopes, because it seemed to him that now he had the key and the solution to how to paint a face. 

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