I took a break from my drawing marathon to finish this small (20″ x 24″) oil titled Laughing Keith.
Whenever someone asks me what is the most important thing about art, my answer is unequivocal: DRAWING!
Many artists don’t like this answer. It’s easy to attack straw men when it comes to drawing, or any other aspect of art. But the main reason this answer is unpopular is that drawing is hard. Drawing is like sports. It takes practice to develop muscles and it’s easy to get out of shape. But it’s paramount. Drawing is where you meet yourself and discover who you are and where you find your voice.
Over the past number of days, I’ve been up to my elbows in preparing canvases and working on the drawings for large-format (44″ x 60″) paintings. The drawing can take a considerable amount of time. There’s no point in skimping or rushing. Besides, I LOVE IT!
As usual, here is a photo of recent unfinished work. I finished the background of Dinner in Trenton (large painting–44″ x 56″) yesterday. This morning I worked on Boat Hook (smaller painting. I continued working on the drawing for another large canvas–44″ x 60″. I also stretched another 44″ x 60″ canvas and put the…
I started a new cycle of paintings yesterday. All paintings are 44″ x 60″. The only thing, really,that the paintings have in common is their size. It’s convent to buy stretchers in bulk. I build the stretchers by hand for paintings larger than 5′ x 6′. The first painting in the cycle isl in the drawing stage. It will take several more days to finish the drawing.