Today I show two drawings and the new state of the painting "Young Man." In each I made a concerted effort to collect and execute with the ideas I have recently found important to my work. I have tried to make these ideas clear in writing this blog. Making art is the true assessment of what I know.
As usual, the works I show today are yesterday's. I will try to describe my modus operandi in making them. Everything I touched in the studio I did with full commitment and surrender to intuition. I felt myself through each touch and followed this non-verbal road to solutions. Without question I accepted my predilection toward the human figure and physiognomy. I did not consciously interrogate my actions as I made art. I assessed my work by continually being aware of my internal intuitive reaction to each mark I made. Working this way is difficult for me. It is not easy for me to accept that the knowledge required to make art is so completely non-verbal. Picasso once described art making to be similar to closing a window if one feels a cold draft. In other words, one reacts to marks which are unsatisfactory by eliminating them and replacing them until one feels satisfied. Simple. Ha!
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