I ended yesterday's time in the studio struggling to draw. I had exhausted my ability to make art. When this happens there is a sense of my being in a quiet portion of my mind with little desire to communicate. This lack of incentive means good art cannot me created. The desire has been soaked away. It feels very curious and happens rarely. I have written about the necessity of taking one or two days between major changes on the painting "Pond." I am learning this inability to know what "Pond" requires is akin to this loss of impetus to communicate. It is exhaustion. It is not physical exhaustion, it is exhaustion in all things mental: emotions and intellect are equally "used-up." I post the current version "Pond." I will not work on it again for a few days, but when I do it will be to conclusion. Right now it is on the edge of being all it can be.
The two drawings of the day are shown below. The first one was made before I worked on "Pond." It is amusing and energetic. The second was made after working on "Pond" and during my last half an hour in the studio. It is a standard drawing with some internal miscues. I was exhausted and used this drawing to "warm down."
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