Changes a-coming in...
Yes, I'm bored. After yesterday's wipe out in the studio I know a change is necessary. Let me tell you about it. I made two drawings and I began a painting. The second drawing I posted here for about 5 minutes, tried to fix it with Photoshop, abandoned it (knowing it must partially be redrawn today), then removed it from yesterday's post. So what? Well, this is telling. I went on to paint a small canvas and could not find my way. Twice I rubbed out everything. It is now a rubbed out burnt umber ground.
Then, last evening I went to the opening of AVA Gallery's Summer Show, a big event here. It is a juried show (mentioned earlier in this blog). I submitted two paintings and only one was accepted, "Man with Plants" (shown below).
"Man with Plants" was completed last week and is 60 X 60 inches (AVA's maximum for their Summer Show). It is a great painting. Seeing it among the other works made me realize what I have been missing in the studio since completing this painting and the other submitted painting ("Nude in Green World" now on HOME page of MEHRBACH.com). Both these paintings are relatively large. After wiping out yesterday's effort in painting, twice, and comparing its confusing process to my excitement in producing "Man with Plants" and "Nude in Green World," I realize the little things I've made since then bore me. I need room to move on larger canvas. I need room to move on larger paper. I will upscale all my work. This required change is symptomatic of dissatisfaction induced by the rut I've been following. Day after day I have been doing the same thing, heads and couples in drawing after drawing (look back in this blog and what do you see?!?). Maybe the practice was necessary. But I need to move on.
Today I will not do much art-making in the studio, rather I will prepare myself for the proper place to go. I will order new and larger stretchers (60 X 72 inches) and I will assemble some larger paper than my standard 9 X 12 inches.
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