I'll get right to it and show you a photo of the first impulse sketch for my new painting, "The Window."
The canvas is 50 X 60 inches, so the heads are larger than life-size. Yes, that is a trumpet. I am not going to explain imagery because I am not sure myself. At this stage in a painting I am allowing my instincts to run without question. As you have seen, in previous postings of my paintings in development, the give and take of finding truth in images is a slow and contemplated process. It is more internal than external; perhaps the correct word is intuitive. It will be weeks before I know if the trumpet has legitimacy within this painting, but this will be true for every element in this new painting. I do know the window is important; the painting will evolve around the light flowing into the interior through the window.
Before I show you the two drawings made yesterday let me comment on my experience making them. The first occurred before I painted and took a few hours. The good chunk of time spent on this drawing indicates an engagement with the imagery, so this drawing is a note to myself for future reference. Most likely I will return to similar imagery and more fully develop it in future work, probably in a painting. The second drawing occurred after I had painted on "The Window." It was a very quick drawing, 15 minutes at the most. This sort of drawing focuses on one aspect of my interests; in this case I believe it is surface light: the light that flows across the face delineating the facial features. The second drawing is me brainstorming, examining a possible approach to making forms in "The Window."
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