I begin today's post showing a slightly scary drawing; today is Halloween. Yesterday was a good day in the studio. The painting "Four at the Table," continues to move me to new places. Yesterday's first drawing was a humdrum practice drawing, but it was followed by a drawing of three guys who seem to have encountered something disagreeable.
I continue to be a slave to my internal machine. One day the act of making art flies from with extreme facility connected to that which I know and feel, the next day I struggle to find meaning in my work. Yesterday's first drawing felt awkward from the get-go. While making it I felt displaced. I continued to work on it because I believe in wisdom greater than my intellect and emotions. So I made this drawing, disconnected from my consciousness. I believe this type of drawing is me accepting a lesson as a necessary task; there is something within me asking me to practice a skill. In the case of drawing #1 (below), I practiced making heads, examining my skill in carving out their details. I did not find great enjoyment in making this drawing, but it did lead me to drawing #2 (above). Because of #1, #2 came more directly, with greater spontaneity. Who knew?
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