The life of a painting is something to behold. That's probably why I write this blog. I am surprised at the turn this painting took yesterday. I had to work myself through nine previous states of it to get here. During those transitions I often wondered, "Is all this effort going anywhere?" I admit now (which, before today, I dared not write aloud), there were days I looked at this painting and thought it was not up to my standards. I thought, "This is failing." I have lept far away from that desperate feeling with this state #10. In yesterday's blog post I wrote of a drawing which seemed to "fall out of the sky." Yesterday's change in "Painting-12·13·2012" hit me in the same way, by surprise, as if the stuff found in the drawing posted yesterday landed in this painting. That "stuff" is knowledge acquired becoming intuition in action.
Within this discussion, of painting as discovery, is an answer to the question, "Why not title your paintings and drawings?" Because, while I am working I don't know where they are going or what they mean. In a sense I am the ultimate "abstract painter." For me it is all about process. The meaning takes care of itself. After all, meaning springs from the life within. (BTW: the dictionary definition of "abstract" is... "existing in thought or as an idea but not having a physical or concrete existence.")
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