I've been an admirer of Chuck Close for a long time. One of the highlights of my art experience was getting to hear him talk about art at a small lecture at the High Museum in Atlanta years ago. He was so honest and knowledgeable, he didn't speak in pretentious "art speak" but as artist to artist. I came away so inspired. I remember one of the things he said, something like "Its always wrong before its right." To me that is liberating somehow - when I'm struggling with a piece those words will remind me to keep at it.
So when I was working with some 12 x 12s this week, I decided to play around with adding some finger prints to the paint. I ended up doing the entire painting with fingerprints. It reminded me that Chuck Close had done some large paintings that way… Here's one of my versions: