I feel different. I have changed my mind. You can see this change in today’s drawings. Art-making is the act of changing one's mind. My drawings, my recent paintings, embrace a simple approach; they embrace face-on compositions. These works are realizations. Complexity of who I am cannot be reduced. Deception occurs if complexity be ignored. Simplicity must be sought. Yesterday drawings are practice toward achieving simplicity.
For today's post, I considered many titles: “Dirt Does Not Save the Soul” and “Too Much Want” and “Less is More” and “Thick in the Head.” I settled for the one you see at the top of this post.
I can not help myself. I love to make marks. I love to draw. I love creating new forms. I love forms which emote memories of things past. But, when I look at my work, I see complicated. Simple is better. Simplification is necessary. I want to hit the viewer with great first impressions, ones that last. I want simple messages to myself, ones I immediately understand. I am the primary viewer.
The drawing I show today should have been pared. There is an extra form. I am referring to that little one, the one that resides above the major form. I’d say this extra form is like a limbless torso, with a sombrero. Rather than erase, repair, I will make another drawing. The next one will be simpler.
By the Way, looking at the painting, "Gonna Speak to the Crowd,” one more step is required. I thought I was done with it. No. A simple tweak is required.
The painting, "Tonstant Weader Fwowed Up”, requires several more steps.
Stay tuned. Check back in a couple days.
Lastly, I am trying to simplify my sentences as well. Yeah, language is the same as drawings and paintings; less is more understandable.
"Getting It" means simplifying the message to purity; so pure that it cannot be misunderstood.
sThis is about me getting you to see me for who I am. No, I do not want to steal your soul, but I do want you to pay attention to me. My recent work is more attention demanding. This is intentional because it is required. Why plod along making work for myself when I can make work to communicate with you? These two drawing center themselves, request clearly, speak clearly. Why was it so difficult fo me to get this moment? This is the moment I understand clarity of purpose is actually artfully intelligent. The Beatles did it. Beethoven and Picasso did it. The best at their craft understand this. I wonder, why did I wander the complexity of the rain forest when I wanted the simplicity of the desert?
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