I have returned with a vengeance. Being away is important. While away I saw excellent art. I replaced my art-making with contemplation about my art. I have returned to the studio with one conclusion: I was not doing my own art. I can do better. I can make art which I intuitively know to be true, true to me. During the last year I was practicing and gathering information. This last year was successful in educating me, readying me, for the onslaught that now must come. Yesterday's drawings are seeking this new ground. Today I will begin a painting. Painting gives me more room to move than drawing, particularly because I will work large (50 X 60 inches). I accept I do not know what I know. I will discover while doing. I will allow my intuition to tell me if I am being honest in finding my truth. I will throw away everything that does not strike me as internally and intuitively true. I will not rely upon others (i.e. artists who I regard as mentors) to help me through the confusion of finding my truth. I will not rely upon the natural world to dictate my world.
Last Note: Jean-Michel Basquiat said, "Believe it or not, I can draw!" (see basquiat.com) This acceptance is similar to what I feel. Basquiat is a role model, not in terms of his art, but in terms of his attitude in finding his art. After my work I show one of his works.
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