I've been working within a shroud of worry, fragility, insecurity, investigation, quandary, and transition. These three drawings exhibit inquiry, many questions, some answers. Am I happy with these? There is joy and peace in transition, I'm going somewhere! There is more transition here than simple success.
ANNOUNCEMENT: The painting, "Castle" (2022 No.3), will be exhibited in the 2022 Guild Summer Salon, June 25 to August 18. See below for more information👇
2022 Guild Summer Salon
JUNE 25 - AUGUST 18, 2022
Silvermine Arts Center
1037 Silvermine Road
New Canaan, CT 06840
Gallery and Store Hours
Summer Salon’ features new work by over 100 members of the Silvermine Guild of Artists working in a broad range of styles and the artists explorations within their medium. This annual summer exhibition celebrates our extraordinarily accomplished painters, sculptors, printmakers, mixed media and fiber artists.
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.
The painting 2017 No.9 will never look perfect to me. I went to the studio, took a look at the real thing. It is better than this reproduction. Is it as good as it gets? Perhaps. I may do a little more, but it is certainly time to move on. Yesterday's drawing is prelude to a new paintings (I think).
The vacuum I worry about is the bottom swash of crimson color in the painting "2017 No.4". I find myself thinking I should add flourish. Should I add something to identify that space in the three-dimensional artifice that is this painting? Or would said flourish diminish the impact of the painting? As usual there is only one way to find out. Do it. Step Back. Consider. Allow, or disallow. Change if necessary. I am not in the studio today. That may a good thing. I have 24 hours to mull.
Yesterday's drawings are me questioning. They feel a bit without purpose, except as questions. I see little things in these drawings that give me joy. It is in those joyful little things that I understand a way to proceed.
Yesterday felt confusing. I entered the studio thinking I had the painting "2017 No.4" under control, but no. My previous blog post was called "Plain & Simple." I wish it so, but that's not reality, at least for now. I anticipate changes today. Yesterday's drawing looks like some things residing on an extraterrestrial planet. New planets circling stars other than our sun have been in the news lately. This is no excuse.
I have found no ground that is solid enough for me to say, "I am home." This continues. I question. I answer. None of the answers have been completely free of doubt.
Yesterday's drawings are a marvel of simplicity, at least for me. I am in a time when I am going to ricochet, back and forth, looking for a solid target into which I can sink my bullet.
To read my profile go to MEHRBACH.com.
At MEHRBACH.com you may view many of my paintings and drawings, past and present, and see details about my life and work.