I am sitting here with a runny nose and tissues. Last night I came down with a full blown cold, the first I have had in recent memory. I won't go to the studio today, so no blog post tomorrow. Tomorrow is Monday, my normal take care of financial concerns day. I'll try to do some of that Money Monday stuff today so I can carve out some time in the studio tomorrow (if I am feeling better). I am ready to renew my inquiry through painting, but not today. Today I will mostly rest in hopes of a speedy recovery.
I find sicknesses, like this cold, occur conveniently during times of major transitions. Take a close look at today's drawing. It is a transitional drawing. I took unusual risks while making it. You can see the erasures around certain forms, like the woman's hip that juts upward near the center of the drawing. These quick and agile adjustments can also be seen thoughout the man's shoulder and arm in the upper left of the drawing. These pentimenti are left over stabs at different ways of making these forms. I was seeking a way to make each mark work with the major form to which it was to be attached, while simultaneously making compositional sense. This drawing flowed rapidly from me. The risks taken were my quick thrusts of the pencil line looking to find the forms which echoed authentically within my intuition and internal sense of self-expression. For me, this is a better way to draw. Self discovery is faster and more accurate. This process was one of trust, not only in the instantaneous identification of form, content, and composition while making marks, but also trust in a deeper intuitive reaction to each line. I trusted I could, and would, react to each mark by acceptance or rejection. Also, I trusted that judgement would be authentic and true.
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