I was surprised. All that work I did, preparing the painting, "Revolution 10", for exhibition, finally got to me. I was forced to take an afternoon nap. Before that I made one drawing. I am still learning. In yesterday's drawing the faces of the two characters were enhanced by darker lines defining the individual elements, from eyes to nose to lips. This causes a play between the form creating shadows and the form defining lines. Interesting; why am I surprised? Growth is weird.
There is an article in the June 25, 2012 New Yorker Magazine about the painter George Bellows. As usual I enjoy this author, Peter Schjeldahl. Here is one sentence which Schjeldahl wrote about Bellows: "His most famous painting, "Stag at Sharkey's" (1909), is also his finest: fighters slamming into each other, rendered with brushwork so eloquent—fast, sensuous, subtle—as to feel prophetic of Willem de Kooning." You know how highly I regard de Kooning. Ideas like Schjeldahl's about Bellows remind me of the reason. It helps clarify one of the goals of my natural tendencies: As I create figures I wish to render them "with brushwork so eloquent—fast, sensuous, subtle." After this paragraph you can see George Bellow's painting, "Stag at Sharkey's".
While searching for images of George Bellows' work, I came across the following image at www.GeorgeBellows.com, a site which sells his original lithographs and drawings. This image reminds me of some of my images. Perhaps I have found one more kindred spirit!
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