Yesterday, three things of note occurred: (1) I began a new painting, (2) The process of making yesterday's drawing greatly engaged me, and (3) I heard about the Sinclair Lewis novel, "It Can't Happen Here" (more about this novel can be read below today's post).
The new painting is in its nascent stage. I will wait till tomorrow to write more.
Yesterday's drawing has elements of the human head in a couple places. It also depicts a three-dimensional, abstracted environment. Its process reminded me that I am a servant. I am on a learning curve. I am developing at a rate that I cannot control. I merely show up in the studio and do it. The discovery, the securing of important self-knowledge, and the making of art (that has substance) occurs.
Frank Zappa and his "Mothers of Invention" recorded a song called, "It Can't Happen Here" (from the The Mothers' debut album "Freak Out", released June 27, 1966). That song was one of my favorites in the 1970's. I had no idea, until yesterday, that its title was preceded by the title of the Sinclair Lewis' novel. My interest is, of course, that Sinclair Lewis' novel is about democracy being taken over by an egotistical, bombastic, "I am going to fix everything", politician. It was written as a warning about Hitler's rise to power. It was written about the possibility of this "takeover" occurring in the United States of America. Yes, it sounds like it is about our here and now. I have not read it yet, but I am about to. It is the next novel on my reading list.
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