My return to the studio, after 13 days away, felt right. Getting back into making art is natural and immensely introspective. While away from the studio I revisited old works of mine, and lost track of the trail I was following before being away. When in North Carolina my friends and family showed me art I had made between 1975 and 1990. It was good work, and it told me to pay attention to Matisse's dictum, "When confused return to your earliest work." The art I made years ago, which is now treasured by those I love, was figurative work, and portraiture. More than half of the work depicted interaction of male/female couples. Somewhere along my North Carolina journey I realized I need do no more than that which comes naturally. From looking at my past, and by looking at what is in the studio now, I can see I am on the right road. However, the biggest revelation within my old work is its unselfconscious and comfortable execution. In a large painting of a man and woman, lying together, the forms are more exaggerated and expressive than my recent work. This old painting of mine reminded me of the possibilities I have within me.
Yesterday's drawings look like those made by a guy with a little rust in his brain. I like them; they were joyful in their making and I enjoy looking at them. It's just that, now and then, the parts don't quite fit correctly.
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