This painting is not complete. As it moves toward finality it beckons for a bit more animation, albeit it has a bunch already. I think my next alteration will include a change to the left back wall of the left panel. Perhaps stripes which would echo those found in the right panel. The composition is almost right, but not quite. My thoughts are wandering, so I will stop trying to discern them here. I need to go back into the painting in order to resolve my questions.
Details! That is the subject of yesterday's drawing. The man on the left took well over an hour to complete. I was scratching his surface with my pencil, looking for an emotional response from him. Nearly every spot on the surface that is his face was touched. This search for detail is largely missing from the painting Untitled Triptych-08·13·2014. On the same day I am always working on one painting and at least one drawing. I find it interesting how one work is about details while the other is about overall compositional impact.
The question I ask in today's post title is as much about the making of art as it is about the readers of this blog. Readership has gone way up in the last several days. It is as if you and I both want to be here because we are anticipating the completion of the painting Untitled Triptych-08·13·2014. Nice.
I am giving into my tactile search of form and space. This obsession causes me to dwell on Vincent van Gogh and his work. Van Gogh's search, and mine, have similarities. Once again, to illustrate our similar tactile engagements, I show two paintings by van Gogh after my work from yesterday.
I'm watching and wondering. This is a lonely business. This feels particularly true when I delve into the realm of knowledge which springs from my abstract internals, rather than from the stuff that sits on my dinner table. Some objects in Painting-07·28·2013 are unknown objects. They animate the space. This is visually exciting. It is not the concrete matter of the real world which excites me visually, it is the play of abstract objects in an artificial and artful space. This includes the surface of the objects, and the space which these objects inhabit. Like Vincent van Gogh, I want to touch everything, and leave my mark on everything. You can see me search the surfaces in yesterday's drawing and in yesterday's painting. Since I referenced van Gogh I will show you one of his paintings after mine.
The drawing and painting from yesterday, at first glance, appear to be by two different artists. They are interested in two different approaches to making art. Nonsense. They are both me, and these works are about the same thing. Both began with my interest in drawing objects in a space with depth and perspective. Both feel their way through forms, surfaces, and textures. Animating the composition is important, as is the emotional significance of each object, and their details, from the twist of the lip in the drawing, to the spikes radiating from the central object in the painting. Not strange together at all.
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