I believe the painting 2017 No.6 has been solved. Is it done? Not quite! The lower left portion of the patterned area exhibits a more bluish tone that is out of sync with its upper right portion. Not a big deal! Easy to fix! I think the dirty blue of this area is apt, works well. The entire patterned area will take on the dirty blue, which means the lower left portion will change. Then this painting will be complete. Oh, this painting took on staccato, not vibrato, since its last version. In my last post I predicted vibrato was coming. Proves I do not know what's coming in my own work. Glory, glory!
Yesterday's drawings are more simple, more direct, than others of recent memory; No comment.
What have I done? I get frightened when I look at the two things I worked on yesterday. In the painting, 2017 No.6, and in yesterday's drawing, there are solutions that are pat, simple, somewhat glib, and unconvincing. Instead of fully enlightened answers I see prejudiced, pat answers. That said, I do think 2017 No.6 took a step in the right direction with its more boldly patterned area. However, it did not obtain an acceptable conclusion.
The upper right corner of 2017 No.6 is now a constant blue shape. Vibrato is important in order to sing well. It is important in painting too! That corner needs to have a play of something more than flat blue. I am busy with other things today. A solution will need to wait till tomorrow. I will show it to you in my blog post of Sunday April 2.
The drawing is so well organized as to be boring. It is filled with investigation, but no surprise. Despite throwing the viewer efficiently through three-dimensional space, it does little to keep the viewer's attention. Henri Matisse said his goal was to make art that felt like a comfortable arm chair found at the end of a wearying day. This is not my goal. I want to engage the viewer who is filled with energy and insight. I want my viewer to keep coming back for more because there is always more to see.
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