jeudi 31 décembre 2015

Last drawing of the year.


I thought a lot about drawing whilst I was away in England, three weeks is a long time. When I returned home I was able to continue drawing but this one is the last one made today. Drawing is such a physical and emotional engagement. The reciprocity which exists between the observer and the observed is there to be discovered, the disclosure self being disclosed in turn.

I think that a likeness is often hidden and it has to be encouraged out of itself and in drawing it does not always wear the same face, or rather the face is made as an image of itself, with patience, with determination, with love.

Although the above really was the last of the old year there was this other that preceded it.

A Happy New Year to all.

dimanche 27 décembre 2015

The disappearing subject part two.

Two pieces from a number of re- workings of the view from my workplace. The drawing is one of several that I have made and re-made and the painting has been underway at the same time: scraped off, repainted, over painted, scraped off etc. It remains a topographical painting and as such a disappointment because what I want is for the subject to be subsumed by the paint, to be painting first and painting last.

ink and emulsion on paper. 65x50cm                                               oil on canvas 30x30cm

It seems that in the process of working there are times when one comes near and then finds the whole thing to be elusive and all one can do is to start over again.