The more reckless I feel in making my art the more pure it looks in its finality. What is happening to me? The clarity in yesterday's drawings is remarkable. Mess be gone! I jumped into these drawings, and the painting as well, working all of them without regard to anything except unveiling an image. This reminds me of Wassily Kandinsky, whose early work can look messy in its search (yet concisely made), while his late work can look organized and precise (yet from one to the next the search is open without regard to repetitive imagining). An early work, and a late work, of Kandinsky's are reproduced below.
I dislike the lower left corner of "2017 No.4" [as shown in its current state, No.4]. I will play with it today.
Two Works by Wassily Kandinsky (1910 & 1944)
Time consuming it is, these demands. My work is calling for it! I am just following its call. The requests must not be ignored. Thus the work makes itself. I am the conduit, channeling visual truth.
That first paragraph is scary. It reads like one would expect from a deluded prophet who believes he has been called upon to follow some mystical, spiritual enlightenment. All I know is this: my knowledge continues to expand. I see the work in front of me more precisely than ever. I can feel its need for a dark mark in one place and a subtle gray mark in another. This is the same for color and for form, as well. Each work's requirements are self-evident. Yesterday I completed the painting "2016 No. 15". I am glad. I want to move on to a new painting.
Following my theme for today, the painting "2016 No.15" demanded more precise shadowing on its "floor," so I did it! As good as this is, I know I could continue to squiggle, to reform; the niggle is always there, never goes away. In the larger scheme of things, that would be contra-productive. It is better to begin a new work. Lingering on an older work would have me correcting for the knowledge deficiency that was present when I began that work. Rather than trying to correct the initial shortfall of knowledge, it is better to begin anew. It is better to accept the indigenous limits of a work, and move on with greater understanding to a new work, riding with loftier knowledge right from the get-go!
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