It is not just reproduction of my art that gives me difficulties, it is a skunk too. He or she seems to go under the porch next to my studio in the evenings, digging beneath the several barriers I have placed. It makes for a bad smell that slowly dissipates during my working day. But back to the real problem of displaying my art here, i.e. adequate and accurate reproduction. I worked ardently on reproducing the state of the painting, Asparagus, shown here today. It appears darker, and with less contrast, than the original. This painting is so very close to complete, but I find myself without energy today. It will take me at least a couple days to retrieve enough energy to return with enthusiasm to the studio and art-making. And, I need to figure out ridding the studio of the skunk!
My work is going extremely well. So well that I feel explanation of it is becoming less important than simple exhibition.
I do not know if you like the technical accomplishments of my recent drawings, or their subject matter, but they are good ones. These recent drawings sing in compositional robustness, playfulness of form, invention of form, subtlety of light, and spatial interest. In fact, yesterday's drawing, with its dramatic use of darkness and light, and its playfulness in its characters' forms, reminds me of Pablo Picasso's great etching, Minotauromachy.
Drawings: 03·24·2015 Nos. 1 & 2, 03·25·2015, pencil on paper, 16X20 inches each
This is a quick post because it is early Thursday morning and I want to get out to the studio. Suffice to say I believe the last drawing is the best of the three. It came wondrously, with intensity and clarity. I believe it a harbinger.
So I am not posting every day now because I am getting to the studio early and don't always have the time or energy to post after the studio. But... the work is better! The energy in the studio is better! And, guess what!? A surprise! After viewing the reproduction of "Asparagus" (state 11) I realized the contrast between the central figure and the orange background was causing reproduction problems, which were indicative of actual painting problems. This is another reversal of fortune: The reproduction leads to change rather than the other way around! You can see the discussed reproduction (state 11) below. To its right is the reaction that enhanced the visual contrast (state 12). Yesterday's version is state 13 (above).
Asparagus, States 11 & 12
During the same three days, represented by the three reproductions of Asparagus, I made the following three drawings.
Drawings: 03·20·2015, 03·21·2015, 03·22·2015, pencil on paper, 11X14 inches
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I show two days of work today. This has to do with the way I am now approaching work. I am getting to the studio as early as possible. This is the new paradigm. It does not allow me to blog every day. Every other day my late afternoons get absorbed by an exercise session. By the time I am done exercising I do not have enough energy to go through the prep and the writing of this visual & verbal blog.
About the work shown here. Interesting, isn't it?! Yesterday's drawings are reproduced below. Yesterday's second drawing was done after I looked at drawings by Willem de Kooning. Yesterday's first drawing had me exploring the problem of depth: I experimented with a possible solution using boxes, and shapes, with interior holes. But today's drawing (above) is the excellent one. Yesterdays' drawings came out of weary wonderment, but today's drawing flowed from a different portion of my intuition. It invented itself. I was a mere vessel of its execution. Today's drawing took the entire studio session. When producing a drawing as complex as this one, I sometimes step back and look with amazement at so many, many lines making up the composition. It happens as Picasso once explained... making art is made best as simple reaction, as in closing a window if a cold draft is annoying.
Drawings-03·18·2015 Nos. 1 & 2, pencil on paper, 16X20 & 14X11 inches
I awoke this morning dreaming of many approaches to my image creation. All had to do with challenging the space of the flat canvas. It took me hours to make this simple drawing, and it merely touches the images I saw in my dreams. With a few minutes to spare I began preparing a new canvas for a new painting. All is moving fast in my mind and spirit. By the way, I once again got rejected from Jury Duty. Hurrah for me!
Wow oh wow, I am trying hard to accurately reproduce the painting Asparagus, but fail I must. As example, the table is yellow! Here there is a green tinge. That is only one of many discrepancies. In the studio it is looking fine. Believe me! It is becoming a very successful painting!
Too late in the day. I have too little left in me to post more... suffice to say I am having trouble adequately reproducing the painting Asparagus. More tomorrow.
Drawings-03·14·2015 Nos. 1 & 2, pencil on paper, 14X11 inches
Reversing my schedule of activities leaves me with less energy to write this blog. Pros: I am showing you the work I completed today. Cons: I have little to say about the work I completed today.
Today's drawing results from a process twisted, bent, curled, and convoluted. It started off simple and bold, then became an examination of minutia. Excellent finger nails. A lot of hair. Breasts are not too shabby. The play of light across the major and minor forms of the face is worthy of consideration. Nice nipples! The right upper arm is truly round and squeezable. Et cetera, et cetera... The consequence is comprehensive. It is, however, blow-by-blow incidentally tangential, albeit informative. This approach I will not emulate.
Drawings-03·12·2015 Nos. 1 & 2, pencil on paper, 11X14 inches
Today's drawings were about surface subtlety. I use the past tense because I am looking back several hours at the process that stimulated today's drawings. Today I experimented. I tested. Tests come with questions. One answer: I know that I do not wish to make three-dimensional surfaces the primary impetus of my art. Composition was important in today's drawings. That felt good. Surfaces are important because they add nuance to the composition, but composition is the mother of expression.
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