Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Sneak Preview! I see you

I've been taking a break from my weekly Wednesday listings of new art in my store and I have to say, the rest feels good--and it's given me pause to consider the direction of my work.

As the days grow colder (well, unless you're where I live and they alternate with strangely warm days), it gets less and less comfortable to paint in oils with proper ventilation and air circulation. I find myself longing for the days of pencil, charcoal, and watercolor (and acrylic, that newfound friend)--media that are non-toxic and what's more, non-fuming.

I've been thinking about switching over to these media for a while now, but we'll see. There are a lot of images I have in my head that I think are best executed in oils and acrylics. However, I won't deny that there is an archetypal magic to art drawn on paper with something as primal as charcoal, and there is certainly a nostalgia to pencil. Remember doodling in your notebook at school or while you were on the phone?

Drawing is an introspective and introverted exercise for me that gets me back to my roots. I need to do more of it, on a slower, more compassionate schedule than before. It's important if I'm to continue doing what I do.

Tonight, I'm offering this preview sketch of an upcoming piece. Again, it's something that I've been thinking about for a long time, and is based on my reading of the myth of Polyphemus the cyclops and his unrequited love, the nymph, Galatea.

It's interesting to me that, having only one eye, Polyphemus is unable to perceive depth.

More later, rest now.

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