"There ain't no sunshine when she's gone." The past is important. Correct filtering is difficult. Correctly remembering lessons learned is difficult. Correct filtering means retaining the good stuff; the bad stuff also retained, but filed in the "don't-do-that-again" folder.
As you view the drawings I show today, think of me as questioning my past propensities. I constantly need to shake my ideas. Too often I surrender to ideas that have worked well for me. Perhaps those old ideas they are misconstrued. Doing stuff that comes easy restricts the profundity of my art. The battle for the sublime is never over.
I could not help myself — I had to draw the fish — I see the blue spaces between the rounded forms as deep water. Will the fish survive future revisions? I think it will. I give myself permission to be cute within the context of abstraction. Of course, I question the effect of this representation within abstraction. Is it OK? Do I confuse the formal and the emotive messages I am trying to convey? There are more questions than answers. Perhaps I am unable to answer my questions well. After all, I am throwing out, into the public eye, possibilities, not definitions. At least that is true with this painting, "2016 No.16". This necessitates my continuing to make art. Answers do not come quickly, but (I believe) through effort and trial (success and failure), I will sort this out.
Yesterday's drawings confuse me. They are not cute. I find them ugly. Ugly is emotive. This is self-analysis regarding the means I use to bring value to my art. Ugly or cute, unappealing or lovable, let's call the whole thing OK.
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