There's a rhythm to my work...
I always have felt I do not accomplish all I wish to accomplish. Too many ideas are placed on the back burner as I stir and cook my current paintings. Consequently I never cease to be hungry for more time in the studio, but my energy and rhythm prevent me from making work more quickly than I do. As with everything, I am trying to understand this rhythm to better my process so I become more comfortable with my limitations. "Pond" is the only painting I am working on now. There is a two or three day cycle of major revision to re-immersion. Today I have the urge to work on "Pond" again, so I will. But I also feel "Pond" is coming to conclusion, so yesterday I stretched a 60 X 72 inch canvas. I will start a new painting within the next few days.
I have continued to make my "warm-up" drawings for two reasons. First, it wakes me up, gets me in touch to where I am in my development. I begin my day with better awareness. Secondly, there a lag between major revisions on painting and my consequent re-immersion. The daily drawings help me through the quiet periods when I am not working on the painting. During those periods my mind is obviously working, as the painting sits glaring at me in the studio; I view it and contemplate the next step. The daily drawings keep me alive, well, open to change, aware of my problems, and active in problem solving. Yesterday I made one drawing and stretched the new, and rather large (60 X 72 inch), canvas. That was it. The one drawing took longer than I expected, as I began it as a "warm-up." This has become the norm over the last several days in the studio and the drawing I post here, as simple as it looks, took a few hours to complete.
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