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Studio Notes: Day 6
 

I walk from 88th Street on the Upper East Side to the west side of Harlem and 125th Street, pick up supplies, then to the studio at 107th. Full sun, my skin rendered pink; I see a veiled mystic in Central Park. A trek replete with strangers and bumping into them.

 
 
A mystic in Central Park

A mystic in Central Park

 
 

I reach the studio and listen to Mozart’s 1st and 2nd. I make a painting which isn’t Cubist; rather, it’s a cabbage patch or a crop:

 
A “Cabbage Patch” or “Crop”, not Cubist

A “Cabbage Patch” or “Crop”, not Cubist

 
 
 

What if, when painting, it’s not my energy that matters, but only the making—only the making of the painting—NOT the style, NOT the concept, NOT the aesthetic, NOT even the relationship, just the making?

 
Studio Notes: Day 5
 

I touch up “Miami Beach”—I guess that’s the painting’s name. I think about other people quite a lot while filling in colors, and feel perturbed.

I try to remember: the painting is whatever I want it to be, my joyousness and nothing else!

 
 
“Miami Beach”

“Miami Beach”

 
 

I cover over the goth/hipster teenager portrait with some new cartoon style characters painted Cubist-wise. This painting looks more like the George Condo painting from the Met which I sought to emulate in Miami Beach.

 
 

I have quietly but consistently disqualified my painting techniques when they’re derived from another painter’s work. The reality is that the paintings with these appropriated techniques are still mine.

 
Studio Notes: Day 3
 
  • Painting with less thoughts; purging judgements, tastes, plans and concepts

  • Painting with impressions—just impressions

  • Painting as pure aesthetic: impression, phenomena, sub-phenomena, sub-thinking

Today I draw a face—a man’s face with feathers and plants coming from the mouth. It looks like a Renaissance sculpture.

Eventually this face looks more like a Byzantine Madonna icon, the yellow ocre background resembling gold leaf. It grows to my distaste, wavering between a goth/hipster teenager. I leave it alone, facing the wall.

 
 
“Goth” Teen Painting, which I dislike…

“Goth” Teen Painting, which I dislike…

 
 

I decide larger-scale work, on canvas, heavily drawn, is calling me. I draw a panoramic “Miami Beach” scene with 3 figures, so far to my satisfaction.

 
 
“Miami Beach” sketch

“Miami Beach” sketch

 
 

I am still happy with my “Woman with Dog” from yesterday.

 
 
“Woman with Dog”

“Woman with Dog”