January is becoming a month in which I must seek wakefulness. Every part of me, my physical and mental self, must slow down. I have to prevent myself from following thoughts and ideas which may appear superficially relevant. I must become introspective in a great effort to holistically clarify. All I am is crying out for contemplation. An effort to discover fundamental importance is upon me. My basic impulse is to work relentlessly in order to move ahead (where ever that is). This impulse is failing me now.
I am announcing a slower month, in which the volume of work will diminish as my thoughtfulness increases. There are periods in one's life where stubborn practice is necessary, such as attending a life drawing class three times a week for several years. Been there, done that. Looking back over the last six months I feel similarly; it has been a time of incessant practice of my craft. The craft has excelled, but the body and mind have suffered to the point where they are confused.
Yesterday I did not enter the studio. Today I show the drawings from two days ago. I will go to the studio today, so look for a post tomorrow.
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