Acceptance should not be so difficult. I have written here about metaphor, myth, and allegory, but this has been misleading. I am interested in those things, but I am first, and foremost, an artist who wishes to express through the technical and abstract means of drawing and painting. I have often wondered: Why do I so often use the human couple as an image? I am beginning to believe it is for the same reason Willem de Kooning used the female nude. My primary impetus in making art is not to explore couples and their interactions. The couple is my fallback image. This simple image allows me to tinker with expression using marks on paper, paint on canvas, composition, light and form. I am expressing myself with the elements of art, rather than invented images. In short, I wish to make art with the simplest means available, using paints, pencil, canvas and paper. The images I use are just racks I hang my hat on.
The images shown today, drawings from yesterday, continue my squeezing a couple into the frame. Again, they are shown in "true color" (the paper's color is especially apparent in the drawing shown below). After my drawings I give you three drawings by Willem de Kooning, each a female nude used as a means, but not the end. From me, expect the same: images are the means, not the end. I love to draw, as did Willem de Kooning, but both of us have a lot more in our arsenals of expression than the image, obviously.
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