I ain't there yet, but I will be soon. Going on a long trip always disturbs my studio activity, of course! I am not sure it is a bad thing, as I come back with renewed energy, and a larger and more open perspective. After being away I am always surprised upon seeing the work in progress I left behind. So, where am I? Hoping to answer this question I made three drawings yesterday. The third I consider a study. This #3 will bring me back in; I also stretched a 50 X 60 inch canvas, believing I needed to return to painting. The #3 drawing is the study for the idea I wish to paint. This brings me to the one insight I had during my time away. I visited the Nasher Museum of Art on the Duke University campus. It is a small museum with a few excellent works on exhibition. The exhibition of new work, purchased recently, was mostly figurative. This is good, as it reinforces my belief that figurative work, done well, is the most engaging work for us humans. The other occurrence at the Nasher Museum was my buying a book entitled "Paint Made Flesh," published in 2009. Viewing and reading this book helped clarify the idea I see forming in my work: I don't need a lot of supporting visual forms and patterns to support my expression of human interaction. Physiognomic expression, reinforced by body language, is intense enough to engage me and viewer.
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