Yesterday was one of those days which goes quickly. At the end of the day I was exhausted. It was a working day, not without creativity. The painting "Four People" exhibited a well defined set of problems which required solving. I made quite a bit of progress in "Four People." I took a little extra time photographing it by setting the lighting very carefully. I wanted you to see a good reproduction of "Four People" in its current state. This painting is now well established. There are hours ahead in making it a brilliant painting. Today I will work on establishing more of the places which now appear as sketches. The work I am now doing follows the exhilaration of the painting's establishment in terms of content and general composition. I am now working on form, color, light, and delicate nuances of the composition. Fun, but not as much fun as the initial and rapid moments of creativity when the ultimate idea of the painting becomes tangible for its first time.
I read an essay yesterday by one of my mentors, Philip Guston. In the essay Guston observes there are only twenty extremely important minutes in the making of any painting. I think this may be true. If so, those twenty minutes are in the past for "Four People." Tomorrow I will quote more from the Philip Guston essay, as I found several parts of it extremely relevant to what I am endeavoring to do. Perhaps he can explain it with more clarity.
Overall, it was an excellent day in the studio. The two drawings I made yesterday are good ones. I allow my intuition to run freely when I make drawings. Their look always surprises. It seems I am more interested in form and line right now than I am in atmosphere. Why?
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