There is no straight line to knowing and undersatnding. These two drawings are examples, as disparate as they are. These drawings are wonderful as individuals, paradoxical as a pair. Yes, the same dude made both of them.
Fascinating it is, that the struggle of my life is not a struggle for understanding and skill, but for simple and clear. It ain't easy for me to accept simplicity. Simplicity, it seems, is far more difficult to render well than complex and overwhelming. Paring down to essentials is hard work; much harder than letting loose with a spill of ideas. Ideas come easy; sorting out the relevant comes hard.
This is true, despite it being an old cliché: My drawings are constantly becoming more powerful. The depth of my knowledge is constantly increasing. Work = Increasing Knowledge = Increasing Power! Power is deceptive. Power is finesse and subtlety too. The drawing I show today has great finesse and subtlety. In this drawing I find strength and vigor. Mindfulness is a great thing; it produces profundity, it penetrates through awareness, it lends understanding through deep self-analysis. Mindfulness is the ultimate conversation with oneself.
Making sense is the slow and steady knock, knock, knocking on the door of knowing. The door opens a crack, then a wider crack, and finally an opening wide enough to walk into. I can feel this happening; in both my paintings and in my drawings. Do I actually understand something more profound than I can say in words? Definitely?
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