The painting "Two Men" took a grand step toward completion, I made a very good drawing, and AVA Gallery of Lebanon, New Hampshire accepted a drawing for their Summer Show and rejected the painting, "Window." Even though much good and positive happened yesterday, I got stung when "Window" was rejected. Last year I submitted "Man with Plants" and "Nude in the Green World" (both currently on the Home Page of MEHRBACH.com). "Nude in the Green World" was rejected, and it is much milder in subject matter than "Window." Could the slightly aggressive sexual nature of "Window" be the reason it was rejected? I don't know. But I do know rejection of good work like this points me to my next stops in the marketing my work, i.e. New York City, Boston, and Chicago. A reproduction of the drawing in the AVA Gallery Summer Show can be viewed in my 06/09/2011 blog post; the drawing is dated 6∙8∙2011.
The painting and the drawing I did yesterday was significant. "Two Men" is taking on a subtlety and fullness of form, and an emotional profundity, I have not obtained in previous paintings. I also very much like the drawing I did yesterday; again the forms are well drawn, the spatial composition interestingly animated with crossed hands and arms, and it is complex in the depth of its expressed emotions. All in all, with the rejection in mind as well, yesterday took another step to confirming the direction and substance of my art.
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