Yes, I am back in the saddle. The time away from making art gave me time to look at art. My problems became obvious. I need to fix them.
I visited the North Carolina Museum of Art and saw excellent work by Richard Diebenkorn, Adolf Gottlieb, Anselm Kiefer, Marsden Hartley, and others. The two artist who hit me hardest were Richard Diebenkorn, Marsden Hartley, and Anselm Kiefer. They told me a story of composition as premier. I have been making an effort to emphasize my drawing of form; this has let me down. My work is weaker because of this emphasis. It is time for me to get back to the reality of composition as king. It is composition which draws in the viewer, and it is form which finishes the viewer with full satisfaction. Both are supremely necessary. Yesterday in the studio was a set-up day to go at solving this major problem of approach. I cleaned the studio, prepared my drawing table for new, larger drawings. I also got a canvas ready to begin a new major painting. I made two drawings, moving toward acceptance. I am accepting my knowing. I am stripping away, once again, in little increments, that which has distracted and weakened me. I feel badly that my past is so deluded with bad paths taken. Such is research, one step back for every two forward.
After my work I show paintings by Diebenkorn, Hartley, and Kiefer.
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