The last couple of days were low volume days in the studio. It is true, the drawing I show below took several hours. I am surprise how much time and effort I am putting into my "warm-up" drawings. These are the 9 X 12 inch drawings which occur everyday I am in the studio. I call them "warm-up" drawings because that is their function. Each day I enter the studio after absence for nearly 12 hours, so I have to wake-up and find my sources again. I am like an athlete who just hit the field and needs to limber the muscles before practice turns competitive.
Today I will paint again on "Pond." Yesterday a studio visitor expressed her admiration for "Pond" in its current state, which has not been touched since my last post. She spoke of the "clarity of the colors." The visitor is an artist I much admire (she has taught art for over 20 years), so this was very rewarding. Remember, several posts ago I worried about "Pond" getting muddy because of its enormous amount of revisions. My last revision was intended to clarify the color and the light. Apparently I am going in the right direction.
My approach to drawing has become more time consuming, but also the quality of the drawing is increasing rapidly. This is a very good drawing. My ambition to "feel" myself through the forms, surface, and light is coming true. I continue to be disturbed by position and composition, but these too are going in the right direction. I know I never will be completely satisfied, so when I make a drawing which gives some feeling of satisfaction I want to boast about it here.
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