It isn't often that I leave the studio feeling satisfied with the stuff that just went down. Yesterday was one of those exceptional days. I am not writing about the quality of the work but the quality of the approach. Both the drawing and painting came together with my self-confident addition and subtraction as I sought internalized, intuitive solutions. This is the way art should be made.
When I was in Maine I visited the Portland Museum of Art and saw an exhibition of "The William S. Paley Collection" from the Museum of Modern Art (New York City). Most striking to me was a couple of sentences written by William Rubin in his discussion of Pablo Picasso's early painting, Boy Leading a Horse, 1905-06: "it also signaled...his increasing awareness of his own singular power and authority as a painter. Boy Leading a Horse, both as an image and painting—that is, in its subject matter as in its pictorial realization—is Picasso's monumental paean to the theme of mastery." I am feeling much the same with Untitled-08·29·2013. (below my work see image of Picasso's Boy Leading a Horse.)
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