Yesterday was a day of simple progress; no masterpieces made. That is very good. The enormous amount of time spent making art is paying off. My internal engines are being tuned. Clarity is coming through daily effort. Woody Allen said, "Eighty percent of success is showing up." I agree. To nuture insight there is nothing like being in a place which coaxes one to be present in a task. My love of making art revolves around its moments of insight, but I treasure the material result: the insights are visually recorded. This means my memory of an insight has visitation rights which are permitted by just "showing up." I do not want to be confusing, one must "show up" to have insights, but on days when insights are hard to find, visual memories bring some joy.
Yesterday's work on "Woman with Flowers" was definitely in the right direction. Her left leg is cumbersome. It has to be reduced in weight and made more sensual. Little ideas, such as this, call me back into a painting, but are mere staring points for the day's activity.
Yesterday's drawing rewarded me with two heads whose surfaces and upper torsos were touched by pencil marks. This drawing exhibits comprehensive ability to feel forms and surfaces though the activity of making marks. However, my satisfaction with this drawing is diminished by my inability to make the forms as pleasing as I desire while in the activity of touching every surface. The man's head is particularly awkward, its mouth and chin incongruent with its overall form.
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