Today I show work that came naturally. I dropped the pretense of being a man of knowledge and history and simply followed my natural impulses. My life and art are coming together because I am stripping away the burden of knowing more than is necessary. Take a look at yesterday's drawings, then return and read more comments.
Yesterday's discoveries brought me back to Egon Schiele. I know, I just wrote of my stripping away knowledge of history in an effort to get to my natural impulses. Well, this is different. I returned to looking at Schiele because my working methods remind me of his work. I realized my youthful love of Schiele's work was based upon its simplicity of image and its simplicity of technical objectives. Schiele loved the human figure, he loved to draw, and he loved to invent while drawing. That fits me, exactly. I have been making a false effort toward mythology and metaphor, when all I need is to draw. I hang my hat on the human figure, and human physiognomy, because I love these forms so much, but foremost I love to draw! I also love the wonder of expression through composition. Schiele expressively composed through the linear invention of form. This is also my most basic impulse. I feel as if I left these natural impulses on the side lines as I developed my ability to draw. I am back! I have returned from a journey of thought, and rudimentary exploration, to make my art. This journey, out into the desert of ideas, has not been wasted. It was necessary for me to explore and assimilate the basic fundamentals of art in order to return to make the real stuff.
Now to Egon Schiele: First shown is a Nude Self-Portrait. The background is bare, so the expression is through linear invented form expressively composed by angular thrusts of torso and limbs; simplicity with complexity. Wow! Immediately following this drawing I show a detail of the head. Look at the expression because of the exploration of the line looking for form. This method intricately communicates emotional complexity to the viewer. After Schiele's Self-Portrait I show another drawing of his, a couple; then a painting, a portrait. In both the space is indicated, but not specific. The viewer knows the couple is on the floor, and the subject of the portrait painting is sitting; that's all we know, and it is all we need to know, because the form, the line, the paint, the color, and the surface, is so damn expressive. Wow, again!
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