This week's progress in my art felt slow and uneven. It was full of diversions. I am antsy to get back into full time art-making. Holiday parties have started with one last night and one tonight. I am not an enthusiastic party goer. It is in my art that I find peace and security, a base upon which I can assemble my life. Despite the distractions, and reduced time, I have observed and now recognize a new trend in my art-making. I am attacking my drawings with a new aggression. This is happening because I am (at last!) accepting my current skill level. Acceptance means I can impulsively jump into a drawing and relax while I sort through the junk which comes with impulsivity. This also recently occurred as I painted, when the figure on the right side of the painting "Window" was altered (see post of 12/03/2010) — that guy took me no more than 10 minutes. This is all well and good, but it does not necessarily lead to great art. This is the problem. Skill is meaningful if used to find and illustrate truth. This is a limited definition of art, but it is the beginning of substantial visual communication of otherwise impossibly impenetrable human knowledge.
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