One more deed accomplished, the rocking of the painting "Pond." Yes, "Pond" gets better with every change, but why am I stuck on "Pond"? It is beginning to annoy me. It makes me wonder, why so much dedication to one painting? I have never worked this way before. Days between the changes on "Pond" are as much contemplation as physical activity. It seems there is great importance in this painting. But not as summation of who I am now, but rather a gathering of skills. "Pond" does not feel like a painting which will drive future themes, but one which is informative in one possible approach to solving a painting. Look at my drawings, the themes rarely deal with the tranquility found in "Pond." I do not state this as a negative or positive, but simple reality. I believe when "Pond" is finished there will be an explosion of new paintings. I have many in mind already. Some of these ideas have produced preliminary drawings, which were posted here. For now I will hunker down and accept "Pond" as the painting absorbing my time, but I am fit to burst out of this restriction.
Otherwise, the day in the studio produced three drawings. It occurred to me my daily drawings are changing in theme and approach. There are now three kinds: (1) the "warm-up," (2) the "study," and (3) the "let it all hang out exploration of ideas intuitively imbedded in my brain which need to be rooted out" variety. Today I made one of each kind. You guess which is which.
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