Historically the latter days of summer, late July thru August, have seen me more contemplative than me sparking fresh ideas. This appears to be true in yesterday's work. First I made a new drawing (above), then I did a little fix to Drawing 07.27·2017 No.2 (below). Rarely do I go back and contemplate drawings from my past. I did yesterday. This is the mood I am in. I believe this is a gathering of energy and information prior to my next big creative period.
It keeps happening to me. I wake up in a quandary, feeling unease. Then I have my coffee. I prepare the image for the day's blog. I get surprised by the high quality of today's images to be shared with you. I wake-up, I ready to go. After posting the blog I walk to the studio. Immediately reluctant, introspection and introversion hit me. I sit in the studio, look at the work, wonder a little, get up, then begin the day's work. This will happen again today. Today, however, I have the painting 2017 No.10 to finish. I know it is done. It simply needs to be spruced for exhibition. Yay! I just wrote myself through it. Now I know where I am going.
Final evaluations feel impossible. They are not impossible; they are very difficult. The painting 2017 No.10 has taken a month of my time. It is almost as good as it gets. Yesterday's changes do feel correct. I believe it is time to touch up the little gaffs, then move on.
Yesterday's drawing explores freedom of movement tied down by solid forms. Interesting!
I am about to go out to the studio. The last 10 days feels creatively slow. In terms of painting, there has been nothing. The slowness I felt is not completely real. I have made a few substantial and innovative drawings. Yet I know I slowed down, moved back a bit to look at what I have done. This happens after a great effort has succeeded. That is the way I see the painting I am returning to today, 2017 No.9. Its success resides in its current state, but it is not the best it can be. I will work on it today. I do feel the need to begin a new painting. That will have to wait a day or two. I am over my need to step back, look, and revel in my success. I am about to use the contemplation that has occurred during the last 10 days. Out I go to the studio! Welcome back, my friend, my wellspring of creativity.
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