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November 8, 1944

Circumstances and environment may force the creative impulse into unexpected forms of expression. Sometimes you start out thinking one way, and end up with something altogether different. I think this is quite valid. You may start out with sunrise, and in the process of working, and accidentally of learning, you statement changes gradually, and you end up with sunset. That is alright, as long as your work states fully and clearly what you want to say.

As I said, circumstances sometimes change your expression towards a direction you never dreamed of. For instance, at this particular time of war and disturbance, we feel that we should express ourselves through violence and war and the physical side of life. This attitude may be popular with the mass of the public, but I believe it is only superficial expression. If a man feels very deeply about war, or any sorrow or gladness, his feeling should be symbolized in his expression, no matter what medium he chooses. Let us say still life. Still life is out of mode right now, but you can use symbols to say clearly the sorrow or gladness felt deep in your heart, although the physical expression of it is just a still life, and one can get the feelings of the man from looking at it. If one can feel the feeling, no matter what it is, then that is important.

I think altogether I am an emotional painter. I believe in the action of my emotion expressing itself in my painting, from what I feel deep inside, although to carry out that feeling continuously may be rather difficult. That is why I [[strikethrough]] always [[/strikethrough]] usually have six or seven canvases going at the same time. If I am not feeling up to a certain canvas I shift to another work. It is naturally rather hard to pick up the end of the thread from a canvas
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