Thursday, August 4, 2011
Knocked Off my Feet
Now pay attention kids: The doc said ganglion cysts can happen when you're using a healthy leg and foot to coddle a bum one like my left. He drained the grape-like formations, shot them up with a different kind of cortisone than what they use for hips, knees and shoulders, bound it tight and sent me home to sit around for five days. I sat around for three, than continued working on the studio;I'm anxious to get done with it and back to painting.
Cleaning is great therapy and exercise The physical process clears your head of garbage as you clear the garbage off of shelves, in corners and drawers, bag it and drag it up and out to the trash. Limping along, I didn't get as far as I would have liked, but my paint table is snow white and the blinding brilliance has sparked an urge to start spotting it up again.
There was an artist I met years ago who made detailed big city-scapes with nothing but dots with a range of Rapideograph pens, the tools of the graphic artist. Though I don't recall his name, his work must have left a strong impression. He used no line. His range of tones was spectacular, the detailing incredible. I tried to find his work on line, but could only come up with this fine example of Pointillism; the site does not give the artist credit. My bad habit of repeating and correcting my lines could be solved by incorporating dots? It's not a rapid sketching process. It's precision drawing. It's slow, thoughtful and exacting--like drafting. it also can drive you mad. Seurat. Need I say more?