|sketch; 23 x 18"; charcoal on paper|
I have let a little observational drawing and painting back into my life. A few of us in graduate school have been discussing the feeling that we are "tapped out" in the wake of this high-volume, abstract, painting. And constant production has a way of doing that to you. I think abstract work especially puts a demand on the artist to plumb the depths and invent something from within. It only makes sense then that after a while you will need to fill up on new images and ideas from which to paint. Here is some of that attempt.
I am disappointed in the composition, but as this was a way to get into the studio and work in the face of pressure from the upcoming thesis exhibit, I am not going to be too hard on myself. Suffice to say I needed a bigger piece of paper for this image. But I do think I achieved a wonderful sense of space and expanded my vocabulary of mark-making. Perhaps I'll let you in on more of these exercises in the coming weeks.