The Broken line, The Flowing Line

I enjoy looking through my old drawings. Here are two representing different approaches.

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” Two Women”, 29 x 22.5, ink on paper, 1981
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> The Jitters ” 21 x 18 1983  SOLD

In # 1 ” Two Women”, the flowing line is calm – focused on the form and an intimate warm scene with smooth bodies . There is a softness in the flowing hair, a warmth in their bodies in a relaxed moment . They are young and seem to be on a mission, are they dressing or undressing?

 

 

The other, # 2, “The Jitters”, is frantic. Something is going on, something has set their nerves on edge, an argument, two figures lost and disturbed. We will never know. But it is alive and has an electric feeling. There is some damage to this work. It is from 1983 and has traveled from studio to studio. On a damaged  work like this the price must be reduced, usual by one third. Both drawings are full of meaning and challenge the viewers mind.

Coming Apart

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” Coming apart ” 54 x 56 o/c 1989

There are times in life that one can feel they are coming apart, or feeling very disjointed. I have had this feeling at times in my life, thankfully not too often. I don’t think it is an uncommon feeling for people to have. There are people who resort to drugs or alcohol to mask these feelings.

Artists are fortunate to have a pressure valve for these times. The feeling can be released through their work. Painting and poetry are two means I use to express these feelings. I was looking at Goya’s work and saw how he could adjust to situations. He was able to paint a gorgeous woman one day then express his feeling about the agony and the horrors of war. Picasso the same way, he would paint the monstrosities of war one day then a vase of flowers the next. Giacometti and his elongated sculptures in what looks like a dream state. I feel grateful to have the ability to do this. There are times we go to bed feeling one way and wake up feeling a different way, this leads to diffident forms of expression. For some people it’s a blessing , for others a curse.

Mad cow disease.

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” Cow with Sponge-Form” 16 x 22.

The latest Ebola out break takes me back to Mad cow disease and the spongy form that got into ones system and would slowly eat the brain away , all because of greed. Farmers fed their cows the remains of slaughtered cattle turning them into cannibals. They had been warned about this in the late forties. They had been told that cows would go mad if fed meat. Ignoring this warning they mixed spinal cord and brains where the spongy forms live with the cow feed.It was unforgivable as they where well aware that cows are not carnivorous. China  to this day will  not buy US beef for fear of Mad Cow disease .

When reading of this problem it led me to a series of mad cow works to point out how greed can blind people to the misery it can bring. Fortunately Mad Cow disease is a much more controllable situation than Ebola. Ebola is not as contagious as the flu that can kill 30,000 people a year, but it sure  is an insidious disease.