Yesterday's drawings are research drawings. I am preparing for my next painting. The first drawing was began, and finished, yesterday. The second drawing was begun on 10/18/2011, and finished yesterday. The first drawing is more instructive in its preparation for the new painting I will begin today. The second drawing is not fully successful, and will be filed away immediately. The important research idea, in the both drawings, is the preeminence of abstraction in form making. These drawings exude form decisions based upon composition rather than representation. This is an important concept, which I need to nurture. If I learned anything from Philip Guston, my mentor for two years (September 1977- June 1979), it is the importance of compostion as the imperative engagement mechanism. Composition captures the viewer. The payoff, the visual satisfaction, is provided by the quality of the form, color, light, and surface.
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