Today I will move back into the painting "Window." As I transform "Window" I am evaluating my process. I feel uncomfortable with my current process. I have been looking to Henri Matisse for help. Matisse considers light, color, shape, and composition more important than form. His final works were color cut-outs. I do not wish to emulate these cut-outs, but as summarizations of Matisse's ideas they are instructive (I'll show one at the end of today's post). The drawing I made yesterday speaks to my discomfort: its composition suffers as light and form dominate its structure. I find this drawing stiff; it is without compositional fluidity. I believe a viewer is first engaged with a work of art by its composition, rather than form or light.
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