Knowledge coupled with depth of intuition brings its challenges. Intuition leads when it earns its freedom through work. The instigation is easy, but the finish is hard. What the heck am I writing about? It is the ease in which I feel the need to create, but the enormous effort it takes to find a proper solution after the initial direction instigated by my intuition. Yesterday's drawing started easy enough, but it took three hours to complete, with many erasures and replacements. Only the head of the man came easy; it may be too large, but compositionally it works. I could write many more than a 1000 words on the complexity of emotional and technical feelings I had making this drawing, but I won't. I have to get out there again and start a new one. I need to engage in the same battle that is my problem solving. This reads like a cop-out, and it is, but it is also practical. This is a moment in my life when making art is much more important than writing about making art.
BTW: Reproducing both the drawing and the painting shown today was very difficult, and neither is an excellent representation of the actual work. I have complained about this before. The more complex the work of art the more impossible to reproduce its nuances in color and contrast. This is my plea to you to go and see good art, don't just look at it in books or on the web.
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