Today I believe the pictures tell more than any words I could muster. Reduction is occurring. I have been working very hard to find my bottom line. These works are examples of successful acknowledgement. They are not perfect. They are not absolutely right. But they are significantly reduced. These are demonstrations that I have stripped away some of the falderal.
Things are going right. The painting "Beloved" looks right, better. I am slowly removing the slave to the past off my back. Perhaps it is not the mongoose that is gone, but the snake. I am surprised, everyday. Is this not the way life should be lived? The works I show today surprise me.
Drawings from 10/28/2015, all pencil on paper, 16X20 inches
Ridiculous or profound? The question has been asked by artists over time immemorial and not-so-immemorial. So here I am. Silly, I ask the same question. I am having fun! I am discovering without self-criticism. It is simple. It is happening. It is being. Yesterday's work exhibits a mixture of all my interests. Yes, some plebeian, some cultured, some sophisticated. Are we not all a mix of all of it? Stupid and low-brow is not beyond the most clever, nor is profundity beyond the witless. I accept, if I am to be all that I am, then I must allow all that I contain to spill out and come forth in my art. I am surprised. Is that not a sign of virtuousness?
Drawings from 10/25/2015, all are 16X20 inches, pencil on paper
All I can do is watch and learn. Research, explore, be here and now, i.e. all the phrases indicating mindfulness apply.
Drawings from 09/17/2015, all pencil on paper, 16X20 inches
I do not want, or need, to say much about yesterday's drawing. it surprised me! I feel a WOW! factor when I look at it. Besides the subject matter being "found", there is also the finding of so much more, i.e. forms invented, space invented, values subtly altered to create movement and light, and the use of line to move the viewer rhythmically and to stretch out the perspective. Wow! I am surprised and impressed.
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