I am still mulling over my experience with the art in the Art Institute of Chicago. I saw four wonderful paintings by Philip Guston and two by Ferdinand Hodler. Of course I saw many more, but the paintings by Guston and Hodler are the ones sticking with me now. Also, the photographs of Henri Cartier-Bresson were on exhibit; Cartier-Bresson's work has always been an important influence on my art. His work and mine share the idea of the "decisive moment." Cartier-Bresson gives us these moments in photographs and I seek to find the same type of moment in drawings and paintings.
Here is a drawing I made today. It felt "more right" than the drawings I made yesterday. This drawing also marks a renewed clarity of immediate purpose: the drawing and I were engaged in all aspects of its making.
You may have found the last drawing a bit unusual, but I find this one (also made today) more strange. The space in this drawing is vaguely defined. What interested me here is facial expression tied to body posture, so I did not worry if the woman's back never did find a pictoral surface.
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