I did not intend it to happen. I thought I might go back into the painting "Pond" and finish it off. Instead I spent the day drawing. I felt very good making these drawings. They came easily. As I made them I felt celebration: I can feel and draw at the same time! My sense of time and place disappears when I draw this way. There are roots here deeper than consciousness. And the drawings get better, one to the next. The third drawing of the day is a marvel. Reproduction does not do it justice. This third drawing is satisfying in light, form, spatial relationships, and composition.
I have always believed the substance of my paintings has had to wait for the substance of my drawings. In other words, until I acquired a way to spontaneously manifest myself through drawings the paintings would be meager searches in semi-darkness. The painting "Pond" is important because I did not rush it to completion. Each element of "Pond" was not accepted until it had the air of truth. As I write this I realize how vague words are. This is why I make art, and this is why you must view my work to complete the ideas I attempt to communicate in words.
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