This is the same drawing I posted on 08/06/2010. The complete alteration to the woman's head is a great improvement. I learned something very important about the relative sizes of forms, and their compositional interplay, which has already aided me in solving the painting "Pond." I find it amusing that I had to drag this drawing out of my "discarded drawings" file, not to be seen again until someone else pulls it from that file. I had given up on improving it. This blog allowed me to see the solution. When looking at this drawing, as posted here, I accepted my complete annoyance with the woman's head, found it intolerable, took it out of the file and erased the head completely. I took an electric eraser to it and, in the blank spot where the erased head had been, I immediately saw a better way to solve the drawing. This woman's head was drawn three times from scratch; very unusual for me. Usually I find the form and refine it, erasing a lot, but never fully destroying the original idea. This did not happen this time. This drastic rethinking is occurring more and more. A few times over the last two weeks I began what I believed to be a quick "warm up" drawing and found myself spending hours erasing and replacing. That which was once rare is becoming more commonplace. Is this a sign of increased mastery, or increased confusion? I choose the former, since the quality of my work is strengthening rapidly.
I worked on "Pond" today too, but did not photograph it. "Pond" is in the midst of an important alteration (I will show its newest state in the next post).
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