I began a new painting yesterday: "Flood #1." It is designated as "#1" because I am sure this will the first of a series. For me, this subject is ripe. Flood paintings will allow me to meld abstraction with reality, invention, and expression. I enjoyed the abstraction of "1's" beginning so much that I stopped "phase 1" with simple abstract waves. In this first state, "Flood #1" has great presence. If I felt very bold, I would proceed no further. I would go on to #2. However, I have many questions to answer. I will take a second step today.
Yesterday's drawing was exhilarating, and demanding. It took most of my day to complete. I believed it finished several times. Repeatedly I put it on my wall to photograph, saw flaws, took it back in hand, and corrected the flaws. This went on for a few hours. I knew this was an important drawing, a turning point. Perhaps it was a "relief" drawing, coming off the intensity, and frustrations, of finishing the painting "Pulling Onions." In any case, it is an excellent drawing, and larger than normal drawing at 14 X 11 inches (most of my drawings are on 9 X 12 inch paper).
The painting "Pulling Onions" is not finished. It is solved. This means I need one more day on it. I will wait for the recently applied paint to dry. I will finish it later this week.
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