I am not always a manic, cut to chase, creative soul. There are other aspects of my life besides art-making. For both of these reasons, no two days in the studio are ever alike. There are days when I am unable to perform in the studio because of lack of creative energy. There are days when I have been pulled away by some other activity. My life boils down to pretty normal stuff, with art-making just one of several in my list of priorities. In any case, I missed the studio on Monday 11/7/2011 because it was "Money Monday." I needed to take case of an array of financial items, from bills to investments. Tuesday 11/8/2011 was a classy, autumn day, here in upper New England, sunny and 60°F most of the afternoon. The wonder of the weather, and me being tired, took me away from the studio and out and about. It was grand. Yesterday I was back in the studio. I felt my energy coming back, but only a couple drawings were made. I show the second drawing first, as it is much the better of the two. I had to move through the first drawing, with discomfort, to get to the second. Problem solving is as much about failure, and discomfort, as it is about eureka. The first drawing shown has some very satisfying "eureka moments," such as the sleeve which crosses from one man to the other, and the face of the man on the right (I love that nose and his eyes!). One of the things I have been doing recently (including yesterday) is organizing the Pictorial History on my website, MEHRBACH.com. Yesterday I worked on the page showing my art during the period 1987-1993. The inventiveness of the forms, and the intense interest in composition, is striking! These interests are coming back into my art. Yesterday's second drawing (shown immediately below) has some of this. I am watching myself re-invent my art as I try to pull together ALL of my interests, from composition, to human interaction, to inventive forms, to color, to the twisting and turning of these elements to increase their emotive quality. It is all good, and it is going well. A lack of patience is one of my biggest problems.
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