Insight comes in many varieties. Sometimes it is self-induced. Often it occurs because I see something in my environment that indicates there is a better way. My environment includes people and books and history and magazines and blogs and reproductions of art and memories of the art I love. The drawing I show today is me reacting to the forms in my painting "The Doctrine of Liberty". This drawing is insightful. It occurred because I was seeking a means to muster maximum strength from the forms in "The Doctrine of Liberty" — particularly the major letter-G-like form in the left half. Yesterday's blog post referred to Pablo Picasso. Picasso once remarked that he had tried so many disparate means to make a painting that generations of artists would use his loose ends. This has happened to me. Yesterday I showed Picasso's painting "Figures at the Seaside". In it the forms are not simply rounded, as some of my larger forms tend to be; the forms in "Figures at the Seaside" have hard, soft, and rounded edges. This painting gave me insight, as do other works by Picasso that deal with abstract forms that resemble the kind of forms I tend to generate. You can see it in the drawing I show you today. Below I attach a couple other works by Picasso that investigate the means to animate three-dimensional forms.
Making art is calling out — it is making answers to questions. It is brainstorming. I am looking for a personal response that makes sense to me, that rings true. It should feel right. To be worthwhile the response must say something legitimate, something genuine about the way I feel at my moment of making. I believe very strongly that yesterday's Drawing No.2 is heartfelt.
Drawing No.1 is unfaithful to myself. No.1 is interesting, but detached. It does not illuminate my deepest concerns.
Call & Response is the work of making art.
I have found no ground that is solid enough for me to say, "I am home." This continues. I question. I answer. None of the answers have been completely free of doubt.
Yesterday's drawings are a marvel of simplicity, at least for me. I am in a time when I am going to ricochet, back and forth, looking for a solid target into which I can sink my bullet.
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