Two days ago Dick Schellens told me he particularly liked my drawing dated 4∙6∙2011 #2 (posted on 04/07/2011). This helped me to an important insight, which I tried to solidify in the drawing I made yesterday. I was not totally successful in yesterday's drawing, but I awoke early this morning thinking about my new awareness. I have to give Dick a lot of credit for this new awareness. When Dick points out stuff he likes, his trusted eye makes me look again. Which is to say he clarifies something I already know, but I have not consciously registered. This drawing, "4∙6∙2011 #2," is an example of Dick confirming my knowledge, and pointing out its significance. I must have known this drawing was important before Dick's declaration, because right after I created it, 10 days ago, I posted it on "Facebook" as my "Profile Picture." This brings me to Pablo Picasso's quote: "Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth." This is an idea common among all the artist's I admire, and who influence me. All of them boldly accept that art is a lie, a fabrication which reveals truth. Picasso, Modigliani, Giacometti, and Henry Moore — all created pictures which have forms peculiar to themselves. This is the basis of my art too, it is just that I am in my youth in finding my forms. Three other artists who have influenced me in their grand creation of self-identifying forms are Arshille Gorky, Willem de Kooning (in his "Woman" paintings and drawings), and Philip Guston (in his late figurative work). I have been moving toward creating my own idiosyncratic world, peopled by forms peculiar to myself, as witness the two works shown today. I am not there yet, but I am maturing rapidly. I see the train a-comin'.
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