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Sweet Justice 1974 <> colored pencil on paper
The unarmed run 1974 <> colored pencil on paper
|My early figures
overly muscular and pushing their strength. I was an athlete and spent
most days playing basketball and riding a bike. I made a living doing
odd jobs. Things were inexpensive in those years: rent
was $25 a month.
Here I used color and shape to create movement. Doing it again today, the same pictures would have a background, but I was learning.
There is never a lot of conscious thought when I'm working. That doesn't mean a lack of intent. I look at a spot on the paper and my mind says what color to use and I follow my mind. In return my mind lets my hand run the color until my mind says stop. Afterwards, a new course of action is taken with the assumption that things follow a natural order, but the order is a river changing course. This style work leads to great failure when no central story emerges.
The cooperative spirit in my mind is a positive thing <> but there are long stretches that I cannot produce art <> those times my art looks frustrated. When the creative flow begins, I am compelled to start drawing again. It's nice when art is not a burden.