Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Working from life

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.

1 comment:

Dick Diamondhead said...

You are right about the demands of abstract work. I always tell people I think it is much harder and they don't believe me unless they are painters!