Try to look at this drawing as non-representative. I make a plea for abstractive, non-reality because this drawing has an improbable distraction, the body-two legs-neck-head confusion of its major form. I won't make a drawing like this again! I don't like figurative distraction. So... if you can escape the distraction, of something vaguely figurative, you will see a fine drawing, a drawing that deals with compositional movement, space, and form.
Is this drawing a Fable? Is it an abstraction? I do wish to tell stories. I do not wish be a figurative artist (been there, done that; see CATALOGUE RAISONNÉ). I do not wish to use natural representation. What to do? The drawing I show today questions my motives. This drawing represents an image far afield from our touchable reality. However, it is distinctly abstracted from our own world. You could walk into this place. It is an effort that holds interest, but it does not satisfy. More questions, more answers, will come today.
Where are you going my sweet young thing? Where I want? Perhaps, but more likely where you want to go. You choose. I follow. I will make it happen! My want is less important than your need. In the end, "want" and "need" may be the same? I am who you are. I just don't know it yet. Still learning. Yesterday's drawing surprises me as much as the painting. Figurative references, abstraction, playfulness? Absolutely!
I wish I knew! Yesterday's drawing, and the painting 2017 No.12, are proceeding with some kind of abstracted, visual references. Why is this surprising? Because, just as I thought I had become a non-representational painter I become an abstract/representational painter. I cannot help but see figures in both images produced yesterday. I have no choice but to proceed!
Yesterday's drawing is me better realizing my roots. The drawings from the previous two days of studio activity look and feel wrong. Wrong in the sense that those previous drawings appear too figuratively attached. I believe they are good drawings. Good in terms of all things formal, i.e., composition, value and size contrast, use of scale, the use of light and the third-dimension. Confusion is easy. Clarity is hard. The clarifying factor was the beginning of the painting 2017 No.9. It feels right. The struggle today is to keep it right. This is the discipline that is necessary in order to be successful in this game of making art
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