Living is full of cycles. Unfortunately one sequence which is constant is one's financial support, a component of living which allows one to function without concerns over food, shelter, and art supplies. Yesterday was dominated by my financial life; I found only one hour in the studio. I made one drawing. This drawing, and my recent viewing of the movie "Modigliani," made me think about the aesthetic importance of individual forms and shapes. This was Modigliani's forte. It is the relationship of shapes which animates a canvas. Modigliani's shapes always relate to one another with pleasant dynamic poetry. Picasso's use of shape in "Guernica" is dynamic, but disconcerting (I will post a photo of Guernica after the photo of my drawing from yesterday). The drawing I made yesterday began with my finding a shape in the man's head which I found structurally fascinating, as elements within the structure immediately played well with one another (chin to forehead to overall shape, et cetera), but I lost much dynamic interplay along its road to completion. This losing of good impulses is one of the major problems I am trying to solve. The more major the work of art the larger the problem and the more difficult it is to solve. Picasso's Guernica in an incredibly able solution in a mural-size painting. My large painting "Pond" took months to complete. I renew my appreciation of "Pond" because it testifies to my ability to hang in there and solve the subtle relationships I write about today (go back to 10/26/2010 to see "Pond").
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