Drawings from 10/11/2015, all are pencil on paper, 20X16 inches
It worked! Of course it did! The painting "Two" is the first of many paintings that will be made on a the solid fiberboard wall. The feel of placing a stroke of paint on this canvas is different than placing the same stroke on a stretched canvas. The fiberboard wall has no give, no flex. For someone like me, a draftsman pure and simple, this makes sense. I get greater control of line and stroke on the fiberboard-backed canvas than on a canvas stretched across a frame. The main bonus is in my ability to tack up a canvas in a few minutes, rather than manufacturing a stretcher, then stretching the canvas (which can take over two hours).
Yesterday's drawings continue to explore my basic need to create forms in three-dimensional space. Henri Matisse's advice to artists was something like this, "If you get confused, go back to your earliest work to see the driving force in your need to make art." This is exactly the impetus of my most recent work! BTW: I feel much as Matisse did about his work being different from any other painter (see quote below). The social desire to be like others is with us all.
It has bothered me all my life that I do not paint like everybody else. -Henri Matisse
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