It feels like being home again. If you read my blog last week you know my returning to the studio, after my recent trip to North Carolina, was disturbing. Upon return my core values were not immediately apparent. I was surprised at the amount of effort required to feel balanced. Making art never comes easy, but last week's discomfort was especially powerful. I felt out of touch with my core. Lack of practice does that. It was wonderful to be in North Carolina, seeing friends and family. The centers of one's identity are all mixed up in a soup. Exhibiting them in our sensual world manifests who we are. This is how making art and being in the company of loved ones is similar in rewards. Acting within a realm larger than ourself is intensely satisfying. This is the stuff which gives serenity to being. It is the comfort of knowing one is not alone. One loves and is loved. One speaks and is heard. One listens and understands. The depth of our conversations is a measure of the pleasure of our living.
Yesterday found me practicing an approach to art making which relies upon intuitively finding the subject and form. One of the insights I had while in North Carolina, after viewing many of my earlier works, was my consistent desire to deal with interaction between two people. I need to do no more than make paintings about two people in emotional, visual dialogues. That would be adequate for my life of work. Today's work illustrates this. The new painting, "Man & Man," is probably about the same man. He is shown twice, so it is a conversation of one with oneself. The image displayed today in "Man & Man" is, of course, the first impulse; it is simply the initial sketch on the 50 X 60 inch canvas. This painting has miles to go.
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