More Decisions on the Flatiron

Friday Morning in Studio Eidolons

Between the conception

And the creation

Between the emotion

And the response

Falls the Shadow

T. S. Eliot, “The Hollow Men”

On this resplendent, sun-washed Friday morning, I’m enjoying coffee in Studio Eidolons and reading Barnett Newman’s discussion of the artist’s “struggle between beauty and the sublime.” While reading, I’m looking up at my drafting table with painting in progress, projected image on the flatscreen and a large limited edition print of my previous painting of the flatiron.

Every morning when I walk in here and face this task, a new struggle greets me. I feel that I’m following the old carpenter’s adage “cut once, measure twice.” My deadline for the painting is in November, so there is not a serious time crunch. And now that I have a copy of my earlier limited edition I can compare an old painting to the new photograph I took for the current work. New issues arise concerning color scheme, contrast, etc., and so it seems there is always some kind of decision hanging in the midst of the work. But I love the work, love the struggle, and offer prayers that the result will be good.

Thanks for reading.

I make art in order to discover.

I journal when I feel alone.

I blog to remind myself I am not alone.

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