Lately I have had two phrases hanging around in my head: "Learn to listen," and "You know it when you see it." The painting "2016 No.16" is not quite right. Mostly I am annoyed by the orange on the top competing with the orange on the bottom. I mention "Learn to listen" because I find, more and more, me watching (listening) to the painting or drawing for a clue for where to go next. Making art is a "shout and response" activity. I know, the words listen and shout should be replaced with the word see. However, saying "see and response" does not feel right. Pablo Picasso gave insight into this activity of making art when he said something like this, "Painting is similar to being in a room with an open window. If a draft annoys you, you close the window."
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