Fighting for Myself
I wiped out a lot of work done on both "Crevice" and "Arena". These painting are battlegrounds. The fight is over myself. I am trying to win the authentic me, wipe away bad ideas and bad directions. I am trying to immediately recognize bad painting. I have gone down many a distractive direction. It is time to recognize distractive qualities quickly. Much time, and a lot of good paint, has been wasted.
The cliché about the elephant in the room is upon me. Direct, emotive, head-on, purposeful slam and damn, is necessary; it is no longer possible for me to ignore. I have tried to avoid this elephant, this inevitable realization; my art has suffered because of my ignorance.
Yesterday's work recognizes reality; I accept necessity. Yesterday's drawing, and the changes made to the painting, "Amidst a Falling World," are actualizations of necessity. Viewer engagement requires the image be immediately recognizable; this means it must be without pretension. It must sit squarely, recognizably, in front of the viewer.
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