The holidays re-charge one's zest for living. Making art does too. Neither is totally dependable. Both have their positive moments and their moments of confusion and pain. In the end, both are rewarding because they give one ground to live upon. The holidays, and art-making, are similar. Both are celebrations: we re-visit the past, live in the present, and hopes are raised for the future.
Over the next week my time in the studio will be sporadic. This erratic art-making will produce drawings of quality. Painting requires larger blocks of time than drawing. I will not expect much from my painting. When I charge into the studio in fitful, infrequent, and episodic moments, the high quality of the art created often surprises. The energy to make art is high because of its infrequency. This happened yesterday. Both drawings reward in their playfulness, invention and solidity of forms, composition, emotive subtlety, and manner in which surfaces are delineated by marks. There is music in the marks. This is a quality Van Gogh so beautifully made apparent in his work. Obviously it is important to me too. As a holiday present to you I will post a painting by Van Gogh, which exuberantly exudes his musical use of brush stroke and form. Look for it below my drawings. Enjoy, and Happy Holidays!
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