I am using a sketchbook again. You will not see it here because it is sketch notes to myself. It is teaching me basic needs. It is teaching me the simplicity of vision. I do need to change directions. I do need to go short and sweet. My work, too often, becomes complex. Too often I have solved problems by adding to complexity, rather than paring down to simple messaging. Yesterday's drawing exhibits my confusion. It has duplicity, and self awareness. Yesterday's drawing wants to go simple, but ends with a complexity of forms. Number and kinds of forms can distract. Going toward fewer forms is not necessarily going too little. There are all kind is of ways of making simplicity, sparsity of forms, into grand statements, ones filled with emotion and meaning. I am on the road to blunt and purposeful art. Keeping ideas alive, minute by insightful minute, will help. This is the reason for carrying a sketchbook, everywhere and always. I often awake with insights. My sketchbook was on my bedstead last night. This morning it was the first thing I picked up.
Working toward simplicity is necessary. That is happening in the painting, "No Living Thing Can Exist Without It".
Yesterday was my financial reckoning day, sometimes I refer to it as a Money Monday. Usually I don't get into the studio, but I had been looking at a lot of Modigliani's work. So, I found myself with an hour free and made the drawings you see here. If you look at my previous two blog posts, with their four drawings, you will see where Modigliani and I have common interests. It is mostly in the shape of things preceding the volume of things. Art historians write about the almond eyes in Modigliani's faces. Sometimes their almond-ness is so dominant as not to allow Modigliani to place an iris or a pupil within them. You will see me venture in this direction in yesterday's second drawing. It was fun and entertaining, but not completely me.
The R&R in the title was about my two days doing stuff other than art. One day dedicated to gardening, and the other to a sunny day followed by a celebratory dinner.
Yesterday was my typical Money Monday with me taking care of the financial end of it all, but not getting into the studio. Yesterday I did post on this blog, and when I did, I looked at the image of the painting Untitled-01·02·2014. Something else is needed in that painting in its bottom left, between the chair legs and the table legs. I made a quick sketch with my fountain pen on a regular piece of printing paper. I will try it out in the real painting today.
Perhaps you can follow the sketch in yesterday's blog post after viewing the man on the left in today's reproduction of Untitled-01·02·2014. In the sketch the man holds a watch forward toward the viewer. That would not work in the painting, and neither does the central form in this "state #4". That nose has to rotate in front of the man on the right. That will happen today; it will increase, and play with, the artifice of 3-dimensions.
Yesterday's drawing is obviously an additional study (after the sketch) for the man on the left in the painting.
As promised in yesterday's blog post, here it is. This sketch heralds a change in the painting Untitled-01·02·2014, and in my art (in general). I wish to engage in spatial curiosity as an expressionistic, playful game. This drawing is probably difficult for you to interpret. Come back tomorrow and see where it has led Untitled-01·02·2014. Then you will interpret this sketch properly, and you will comprehend the reason for its existence.
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