I have not been rushing my life, my art, or my process. Consequently my output has not been high, yet I am very happy with what I am producing. Yesterday's drawing is an example. When it appeared my initial feeling was, "This is weird." Upon further inspection, and contemplation, I think, "No, this is exactly the way I should be approaching my research." Here's where I pull in a couple of quotes by artists who influence me. First, Pablo Picasso:
"Paintings are but research and experiment. I never do a painting as a work of art. All of them are researches. I search constantly and there is a logical sequence in all this research."
And now, Francisco de Goya: "The sleep of reason produces monsters."
The Goya quote is most helpful to today's thoughts. There is reason in my approach and process. The reasoning is not clear, is discovered through the process, and cannot be well described in words, but it makes sense. Intuition is key. The monsters I produce surprise me. My initial reaction to yesterday's drawing ("this is weird") is unnecessary, and not helpful. Going to the studio every day, allowing my reason and my intuition to drive me forward, is useful behavior.
I leave you with a quote from Olle Baertling, a Swedish painter and sculptor, who has not influenced my work:
"Art is research into the unknown, adding a little to the fund built up by earlier generations. This is the task of the artist."
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