Of these two drawings I prefer the one I began on 10/28 (completed yesterday). The other drawing is OK; it looks like I lost my processing edge. When I get tired I tend to look for a solution by use of form, rather than through composition. Compositional solutions are superior when the emotional tug-o-war rests upon the play of negative versus positive space.
"Ghost Town" is in state #7. It is getting better.
Take a look the the Art I made yesterday, new drawing, state 6 of the painting, "Ghost Town. Time goes on, I show up, my work becomes more me.
And off we go... Why have I not been reluctant to boldly go this route? I have a need to make robust movement through marks and forms! I have gained enough confidence to challenge my reluctance! Here I am!
My fear is about forms looking extremely derivative, as if they were meant to represent known objects. Sometimes that is my intention. Mostly, I wish to use form to animate space, to energize, to emotionalize my compositions. In the case of this drawing, I believe I have gone too far toward the recognizable. That was NOT my intention.
These drawings are arranged in reverse order of their complexity, not in their order of creation. Below is the latest state of the painting "Ghost Town."
This drawing started simple, became complex. I have been making a great effort to keep my statements simpler, more direct, right to the point. Did this one get away from me? I am in the midst of personal turmoil. What makes most sense to me? What allows me to communicate best? I want clear communication for myself, and for my viewers.
I am surprising myself with unexpected veracity. The painting, "Catapult", is honest-to-goodness more genuine than yesterday's version. My sincerity is paying off. I am learning to be unpretentious, true to myself.
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