Recent work: tedium relief


I have always found it helpful, when there is a long a tedious job, to do a second, completely unstructured task. It gives me something to do when I can’t sit still for another moment. That’s what’s been going on with me for the last couple of weeks. I have had an ongoing illustration and promotion job and some oil paintings to revise. Fixing up the oil paintings hasn’t been so bad but the illustration work is enough to send me around the bend. More detail work than creative invention. So, I started to do this crazy business with colored markers and Sharpies and for some reason it was a drawing of a horse with fish that I am call a “seahorse.” I started with just a bunch of lines as a broad outline with no idea where I was going. In the end it turned out to be another one of my nut-case drawings, the kind that gives the psych ward guys a positive on the “hair-on-the-back-of-the-neck” test. Do not ask why I started to put the fish in. Do not ask why I drew the horse the way I did. I have no clue. The way I did it is sort of like automatic writing, I suppose, and the stuff that old-time psychoanalysts would love for its diagnostic value. The drawing is 24 b 18 inches. While I still have plenty more tedium to go, doing the “seahorse” got me through some of it and for that I am grateful.

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