A couple of posts ago I mentioned the need for something in the upper left corner of the painting "Balancing." I also mentioned an idea to quote an image of a bird from a painting by Paul Gauguin. Yesterday I did a drawing of a bird's head in quest of my finding the final solution to the painting "Balancing." I show this drawing first, because it is the most important image from yesterday, plus its quality is high.
Yesterday was a busy day. AVA Gallery, the most important of our local visual art organizations, celebrated the 25th Anniversary of its wonderful director, Bente West. I was there to celebrate her and her career. Bente's impact on the visual arts in the Upper Valley of New Hampshire and Vermont has been great in two arenas, educationally and in exhibiting important local artists.
The drawing shown below came first. It continues the practice of drawing as instigated by compositional impulses, rather than imaginal impulses. This method feels right. Internally I harbor an unknown and vast reservoir of images gathered over a lifetime of seeing. The confusion of such a repository does not lend itself to easy sourcing. Beginning with an emotional and expressive composition better fits for my desire to discover, rather than to illustrate known ideas and images. Creative discovery from within my storehouse is surprising and delightful. I am finding images indirectly; each is, assuredly, important to my life and my manner of seeing.
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