The title of today's post is my advice to myself. And with it I show the beginning of a new painting, "Man with Women." It is a large canvas, 60 inches tall. Below the painting I show two drawings from yesterday, both on 11 X 14 inch paper. My drawings have become like batting practice for a baseball player. I need to do it every day to remind myself how to behave properly when stepping to the plate, the big time that is painting. My paintings are not only much larger than my drawings, they require many hours of work, while a drawing takes an hour or two. Sustaining the proper modus operandi throughout the many hours of a painting is much more difficult than doing the same through the one or two hours of a drawing. This is my challenge. If I can do this with this painting, "Man with Women," it may become my first truly mature work. All the stuff I've done till now has led me to this, as is always true, but the difference is in my self-knowledge. I have taken many roads to nowhere, but trusting in my abilities and my knowledge, without questioning, by just doing it, means I am somewhere true. So much for my pep talk. After all, this is athletics.
To read my profile go to MEHRBACH.com.
At MEHRBACH.com you may view many of my paintings and drawings, past and present, and see details about my life and work.