It feels as if I am working to find a proper approach. An approach that works for me. Not habitual in nature, but an approach which allows creative exploration of what I am. A couple days ago I listened to a recent interview with the composer Philip Glass. I will not try to quote him. Mr. Glass spoke of finding a personal approach to problem solving in the arts. Philip Glass is now 75 years old. He just unveiled his ninth symphony. Glass said it is getting easier for him to compose. He is now able to find the expression quality of a composition more quickly than when he was younger. He said one can immediately tell a Philip Glass composition because he, like every composer, and every artist, solves problems in a personal, characteristic manner. Philip Glass pointed to the compositions of Mozart and Bach. A listener knows a piece of music by Mozart or Bach after hearing just a few notes. These composers, like every accomplished artist, have characteristic ways of solving compositional problems. This is exactly the stuff I am working out. The complexity of a work of art demands a complexity of knowledge which must be easily accessible to the artist in order to solve a work's problems. This includes everything from composition to form. That is the reason I draw so much. The color and surface of a painting are entirely different problems. I am getting to those. I am taking baby steps toward having the ability to solve huge and complex problems.
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