At a certain point in Van Morrison's career he began to use many colloquial sayings in his songs, all clichés. That is exactly what I did with today's title. Today's title does not quite fit my place in time, but it does fit my mood. I am in a hurry. I have not been consistently in the studio for two weeks. So here I am. Back! I feel strong. I believe the work is somewhat in the place I left off before my absence. I accept this, so let me get technical. Both the new painting, and yesterday's drawing, are filled with light. Compositionally they are complex (I worry: too complex?). The artifice of three-dimensional space is in both, but the play with, and against, that artifice is new. Notice the box in the upper left corner of the drawing. It does mimic 3D space, but the diagonal that crosses it questions the validity of that 3D artifice. This play, with and against the artifice, occurs throughout the drawing. This is new for me. I have read recently about studies examining the effects of taking a vacation, away from one's normal activity. One important consequence: Upon return from a vacation one's creativity skyrockets. I firmly believe this to be true. Every time I come back from an absence, of one or two weeks my work takes a creative jump. Yes, I also firmly believe in consistency of effort in order to achieve profundity in one's endeavor. In other words, in order to achieve the highest level of creative solutions there is a balance between strong, consistent, daily effort and mitigating rest.
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