The painting, Untitled Diptych-04·15·2014, is looking very good. As I wrote yesterday, I wish it had come, and will come, more easily. The struggle to get it right feels gigantic. To a large degree the difficulty I am experiencing is my fault. I keep looking for an easier way, but there is only one way. I am in the process of accepting my own manner of seeing and finding truth. As I accept this reality I strip away the fantasies of art made from simple exuberant bursts of creativity. Those simple bursts do occur, occasionally, as they did in yesterday's drawing. Drawing, however, is limited. If I accept true expression in minuscule amounts I can go for simple exuberance, but that would sadly fail me. I have a need for deep expression.
FYI: The reproduction of yesterday's drawing fails to capture the wonderful play of light and dark in its substantial subtlety. In the real thing the darker values around the man's eyes spell out light, form, and emotion. This just is not seen, or felt, in the reproduction you see here.
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