I am no where near my final work. In point of fact, I know I will never be making my final work. Evolution is impossible to stop. I started a new painting yesterday, which I'll call "Young Man." This painting is telling me my interests continue to be discovered, uncovered. Yesterday my approach was simple. I gave into impulses and intuition; I was not judgmental. I was surprised. This painting is about sensitivity to the internal emotions of the person I am creating, it is about light constructing form, and straightforward composition. It is a small painting, 32 X 38 inches. I will return to this painting today.
Conflicts within me are apparent when one compares the painting "Young Man" to the two drawings I made yesterday. I want to create my own mythology. I want to push form, composition, and color to expressive limits. Picasso has been my mentor in accepting conflict. My highest priority is to create works which speak truthfully. Picasso pushed hard using his intuition, and every bit of his knowledge. His conflicts caused him to create many styles. His works ranged widely in approach: from his blue and rose periods (sensitively portrayed figures), to deconstructing and reconstructing form (cubism), to robustly rounded classical forms, to highly emotional work using his ability to distort the human figure (e.g. Guernica), and to his late work full of gushy paint and freaky, distorted figures (see this week's Bloomberg Businessweek, page 96). Picasso was reported to have said, "I do not seek, I find." Picasso did find many ways to express, but I do not believe one can find without seeking.
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