An exceptional drawing.
Why would I say that? What gives me the right? I have noticed that artists sometimes find one of their own creations exceptional, while others see nothing more than just another one of their works. This could be the case with the drawing I made yesterday. In this drawing I see a higher level of sensitivity, and subtleness of emotion, particularly in the woman's face. It feels like an important achievement, a step toward greater awareness, an insight. One of the most wonderful things about making art is the result of an important insight is an object of relative permanence.
Yesterday I also worked on the painting "Two." I will show its current state tomorrow. Also I plan on returning to "Pond" today (one more hand will be finished off). I may not draw today; the processes of drawing and painting are becoming more similar. This is a good thing. The complexity of painting has, for a long time, not allowed me to feel the same comfort in painting as I do in drawing. Painting has felt more deliberate, less spontaneous, more confusing. This discomfort is disappearing. My enormous amount of drawing is leading to better painting, I have the highest admiration for the practices of Vincent van Gogh. I will show you landscapes by van Gogh, after my drawing. In the drawing you can see van Gogh practicing the variation and expressiveness of his marks, and in the painting you are able to see how he transposed the marks, practiced in drawing, into his manner of using brush strokes to create form in his paintings. Great stuff!
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