The painting Seriously? is transitioning into a serious painting. I am not leaving humor behind. I cannot remove the beginning from the end. The righteous activity I am now doing on Seriously? is a celebration of my mastery. Mastery does not mean this painting is coming quickly and easily. Grand and eloquent cannot be achieved with quick solutions. The painting Seriously? shall be a celebratory example of my arrival as Master of my craft. Achieving mastery is laborious!
The miracle of showing-up is the miracle of mastery waiting to happen. Mastery does not mean the artist knows all he needs to know. Mastery means the artist has the ability to recognize the value of the stuff in front of him; he knows how to move upon it, create better out of the predisposed image. This means recognizing when something is incomplete (it can be better) and knowing when it is complete (the best solution given current understanding). Mastery means the artist can do his best on any given day. This brings me back to "showing up." It is a delight to enter the studio with this ability, knowing problems can be solved, things will get better and better. This is a plea for health and well being. That said, yesterday's improvement in the painting Adjective, and yesterday's drawing, are great steps in the right direction. I know it.
After sixteen efforts, the painting 2017 No.14 is on the edge of being finished. It is in these moments, just prior to completion, that my excitement runs highest. I having been chasing this game across the savanna; I have caught up. There it is! With skill the kill can be had. It is time to be careful and bold. It is time to pay attention to nuance and detail.
The drawing shown was made on January 30, 2018. It is claustrophobically clogged with rock-like bolder-like forms. Relief from this clog of forms occurs at the top of composition. It is masterful. I am beginning to accept my mastery as authentic.
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