The painting "Pond" moves toward conclusion via daily work. At this point every day I am going to what feels like a routine job. However, a repetitive task is not required. I am working to makes the figures in "Pond" ring true. Each figure is different, so repetition is impossible. But the feeling is there: it does not feel wonderfully creative, but slavishly necessary. And I have to stay alert; in the presence of the forms being created I am a slave to necessity.
So you see, this is not my favorite part of being an artist. Instead of complaining I need to show up and do my duty. Being a romantic, I enjoy the thrill of the "start-up." To keep this in my daily life I draw every day, inventing from scratch and finishing daily inventions as well. Here is my drawing for the day:
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