The painting above is in its early stages, so major and minor adjustments are coming today.
The old saying about the bride-to-be requiring all the above (in today's title) looks true for yesterday's work. State 4 of Painting-07·23·2013 has minor changes from its previous version (I dare you to find them) — so mostly this painting is the older version. I also find it borrowed because I've seen this type of painting in twentieth century artists, such as Max Beckmann (as comparison, see a self-portrait of Beckmann's at the bottom of today's post). The blue, and the new, is in the painting began yesterday. Yesterday's drawing is definitely new, but its looks like me enhancing a chronic revival of mine, the couple.
"State 3" of Painting-07·23·2013 certainly felt better in-the-making than its previous versions. As usual, you and I are watching the ups and downs of making art. The consolidation period is coming to a conclusion. New stuff is around the corner, as the upswing in creativity begins again, thankfully.
I can not say I am hugely proud of yesterday's work. It feels more like consolidation than innovation. There are days like this. Sometimes there are a string of days like this. Yes, I will come out of it fortified and strengthened. But now is now, and it does not feel particularly exciting. It is simple industry rather than artistry.
In order to renew myself I will not go into the studio today. No blog post tomorrow.
There are days when I simply revisit my basic knowledge. Those are days of little creation. Yesterday was one of those days. I don't feel today will be anywhere like yesterday. If that becomes true, there will be big changes in the painting began yesterday. We shall see.
You never know. The man in the painting has gotten bigger and more robust. I don't think this is just about the man in the painting. The invention in this painting is surprising even me. Robust is a good word, so is big, because this painting is important in it exhibition of my finding a way to be. There has been much work in my search for a true path, but making this painting has had more joy in it than previous works. It isn't done yet! I'm not done yet.
It feels better, better all the time. I feel less confused. Alternately, I simply am accepting the confusion, embracing it. Whatever it is, it feels good, and that is meaningful, and important.
I'm all about nuance. Sometimes I believe this is a plague affecting my mind, sometimes I believe it is an asset. Whatever I believe, it is here to stay. I must live with it and I must make art with it.
I give you a few quotes which have great meaning to me and thus to my art...
True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.
Few to no comments today. Much work was done yesterday, and I am happy with it! Yes, it does feel like I am digging down and making unanticipated discoveries, thus today's post title.
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