Yesterday's "warm-up" drawing is a good one! I felt and drew simultaneously. My spontaneity surprised me. This is a product of a mind well rested. I have lamented my distractions, from politics to financial markets to earthquake to hurricane. I took rest from the studio because Hurricane Irene swept me away with preparations and my taking shelter in the house. Unfortunately, rivers and streams literally swept away many things, and a few people, in the neighboring state of Vermont. I can see Vermont from here, just across the Connecticut River, which is swollen and muddy from Irene's rains. It is time for me to make a "Flood Painting." I put quotes because it has been done before, but not by me. My mentor, Philip Guston, made several "Flood Paintings," and there is an early Willem de Kooning drawing of figures being swept away. It is an interesting metaphor.
After yesterday's drawing I show the current state of "Balancing." Its color is enriched, and the figure is more defined. Patience is important. I need to let the painting call for alterations; I must not force changes.
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.