I began today's post with a current image of the painting "Balancing." It has taken a turn toward the fanciful. After "Balancing," I show a drawing I forgot to post on the day after its creation. This drawing is from 11/29/2011, which normally would have been posted the following day, but on that day I was distracted by my trumpeting a successful revisit to another drawing (see the post of 11/30/2011, "Better in déjà vu..."). As with many other recent drawings, I began this one with a compositional impulse, drawing head-like ovals across the page. This method reminds me of an idea from Leonardo da Vinci: "It should not be hard for you to stop sometimes and look into the stains of walls, or ashes of a fire, or clouds, or mud, or like places, in which... you may find really marvellous ideas." There is merit in beginning a work with simple, abstract patterns. A pattern, executed spontaneously, is an expressive declaration of immediate emotions, and an intellectual response to the moment of its creation. Within such a pattern I am able to find images which express ideas and thoughts which would otherwise not surface if intellectually directed. Making art is seeking to make visual that which is not apparently known, but which is intuitively perceived as truth. This method, of looking at "the stains," is a way to jar that knowing to the surface, allowing it to be discovered in the act of making art.
Finally, I post a drawing from yesterday. Again, this drawing was begun with nothing but compositional "stains." Working out the relationship between the forms was indeed fun, and each of the heads surprised me as it was realized.
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