This year's Holidays have created the usual distractions, and the majority of these distractions have been most excellent. As usual, I have a strong need to get back to my regular business. This will not happen quickly, for two reasons: (1) The Holidays are not over, and (2) Even one day away from the studio is enough to disrupt the constant give and take which the making of good art requires. Disruption throws me off the track; I will need to work myself back onto the course. Yesterday, with reason #2 hampering my flow, I went into the studio. I produced the following two drawings. Both felt a bit awkward in their making, but the second felt better than the first. In the second the anatomically impossible woman turns her head completely backwards. Intriguing, yes, but it is more than simply a curiosity, because this drawing does get to the heart of one of my most intense interests: manipulating anatomy and "normal" form to express and emote. As I better understand this manipulation of form it will become more prominent in my work.
It snowed last night. I awoke to more than a foot of the white stuff on the path between me and my studio. I am going to have shovel my way to get there. There is symbolism in this requirement that I must work to clear my way to perspicuity.
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