By drawing I am practicing touch and flow. It is here I an undergoing sensitivity training. The dynamics of value, form, and space (negative and positive), are within me; I am practicing making them outside of me. I am an athlete in training. I am sharing my sensitivity with you. These two drawings are among my very best. Most interesting is the technical aspect of centered composition, which is especially true in drawing No.2. Centered compositions were Picasso's default. A wide range of play in form, value, and space are allowed when centering is achieved. Centering grabs the viewer. When viewer is secured, the possible journey is wide and long, a fullness of dynamics and emotions are allowed.
More Gore to Go Right
These two drawings are proof that getting right ain't easy. I had to go in, slice these two apart, alter by erasing and marking. They are better. I proved to myself going dark is not better than being careful with touch, delicacy and sensitivity. Obviously, I can go both ways. Is one more successful than the other? Not sure, but now I know this: I enjoyed making the more sensitive drawing more than the one pounded to submission by marks on top of marks on top of marks.
Driving Mister Ellsworth
In a few days you will see a new page on my website, MEHRBACH.com. It will become my Catalogue Raisonné. I have prepared its first four reproductions. Henri Matisse once quipped something like this: "If you ever get confused, go and look at your earliest works. They will instruct you, they will teach you your real interests." That is exactly the effect the beginnings of my Catalogue Raisonné are having on me. I now understand the reason the art of Ellsworth Kelly is driving me. It is purity of emotional statement; it sings beautifully, speaks honestly, to me — I understand it; I want to emulate those deep, profound emotions that Ellsworth Kelly reveals in his work.
Yesterday I took another step toward my personal panorama; these are direct, emotional statements, but not as purely emotional as I know I can achieve. Negative space, as a felt, instructive substance, is becoming one of my goals.
Three Paintings by Ellsworth Kelly
Sensitive soul continuity.
I have always yearned, aspired to be, a sensitive soul. The drawings of the last few days may indicate "I am". How do I know? There is proof in the pudding. This pudding tastes good. It sings the song of sensitivity, at least in its touch. Where is this going? Not for me to know!
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