In my last post (11/28/2011) I showed you a "Photoshopped" alteration of a drawing. Today I begin with the result of my revision to that drawing. This is an image of the actual, unaltered drawing, in its final version. It is much better. It is one of my best! This drawing exudes my comprehension of composition as the instigator of expression, both for me and for the viewer. It also proves to me that I am an abstract artist at heart. My work grows from the qualities predominant in the best abstraction, which (in my opinion) includes multiple qualities working together, simultaneously. These include color, composition, contrast, surface, form, line, and light. The latter quality, light, corroborates the reason I am so blown away by the work of Willem de Kooning. His work, more than most "Abstract Expressionists," uses light as a core property. This is also true of work of Mark Rothko, and especially true of the work of my teacher and mentor, Philip Guston (some labelled Guston's abstract paintings as "Abstract Impressionist").
After spending over an hour re-stretching the canvas of the painting "Balancing," I returned to it with new vigor. It is coming along, but I am moving along too. A new painting is imminent, I feel it like one feels rain is about to fall. I am not sure where my work is going. At this moment I am enjoying the mystery. I am beginning to trust in the process. I am making "early work." I always wondered why Picasso left so many of his "early works" with unfinished passages. Picasso left them unfinished because he was where I am now. I am developing too quickly to finish off works which feel stale compared to the leading-edge ideas springing forth in the newest works.
The one drawing I began and finished yesterday is shown at the bottom of today's post. Yes, it is good. Enjoy!
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