There are stories out there about other painters, like Winslow Homer, on how he would go about trying to figure out how to go faster, i.e. make more work and understand more quickly. The road that is art-making keeps opening me up to more and more knowledge and greater recognition of my own personal reality, but I feel I creep along. I feel limited by my own energy and my ability to concentrate on the task. I accept there is more to living than making art, and so does my internal clock and the equipoise that is dictated by the required distribution of my energies, from emotional to physical to intellectual. I need it all, and each part demands attention. So, despite my desire to increase my knowledge more quickly, I must go at the rate dictated by all that is necessitated by living a balanced life. There is so much more to this than a simple desire to know. There is fear of going the wrong direction, but that is another subject for another day.
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