less is less in a good way.

consolingIn the sketch pad lately I have been paring things down to the barest essentials.  Trying to tell my stories with less and less.  Merging forms; enveloping them in shadow and bleached out light.  Or trimming things to the most essential lines.  If it produces something good, well that is a plus but the process is the thing for me right now.

It seems more art can get in.  Lots of highly rendered detail seeems to wedge the door against art.  Just thinking out loud…

…or sketching out loud, but it will be interesting to see where this leads and to see how it impacts my bigger paintings.  The great thing about this job is that it doesn’t end.  Every day you go into the studio and say, “Holy crap, where do I go today?”