Risk is making a mark on paper or canvas. There is no way around it. The size of the risk is the same for anyone who plays the game of making art, but the value in having taken the risk is measured by the depth to which the artist communicates his always changing knowledge. When I was younger I believed knowledge could be found in books. I took to making art when I became aware that books and words are severely limited in their to ability to fully communicate knowledge. Words cannot tell you the knowledge communicated by the drawing I show today. The maxim, "A picture is worth a thousand words," is incorrect. I am convinced of this, and more strongly convinced as I live, read, converse, and make art. We are alone with so much of our awareness, and our reactions to our awareness. Art helps get the demons out, and in public, but it too has deficiencies. My job is to break down the walls between myself and the viewer of my art. If successful, all I know, and feel, will be understood. This is the risk. The best scenario means you and I have shared knowledge. This makes me ask, "Is my awareness worth all this effort?" I am convinced you and I share common human concerns. It is this which provides me the resolution to make art.
I have not shown you the progress on the painting "Pond" for several days. Here it is in version #24. The central figure's left hand (on viewer's right) is solved. Yesterday I worked on the light in, and on, the pond's water. Today I will work on the central figure's right hand. I enjoy working this way, detail by detail. It is very rewarding since the painting is essentially solved and I am simply making it better. More zest is added to an already potent painting with each finished detail.
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