Recent work: something quick

Sometimes, you just to draw something, anything. So, it is Sunday and it is freezing outside and I am waiting for a couple of visitors to show up. So, I made this. It is a subject and design that I return to again and again when I just need to draw something and I don’t know what. At times like that, it doesn’t necessarily have to be good. And, certainly, it is not going to be perfect. But, in the end, this may be the best way to make art. You just do it and what happens, happens. When I was in school, a favorite instructor, Ed Millman, had us draw without looking at the paper or without lifting our pencil. No going back. Chuck Close is quoted as saying, “Amateurs wait for inspiration; the rest of us show up and go to work.” My own view: “Make one picture, move on and make another. Some are going to be good and some not so hot.” This quick charcoal is 19 by 24 on 25 pound charcoal paper. If someone asks how long it took to make, the answer is: “As long as it took for my visitors to show up.”


About mmgilbert

I have been drawing and painting all my life. Now part of the “New Symbolist” movement which encompasses both Goth, fantasy and tattoo art as well as the century-old work of Odilon Redon, I focus on archetypal and mythic imagery to evoke emotional themes and to reference darker fantasies. I have an abiding interest in figurative drawing, working on paper and exploring new ways to handle traditional materials. I studied with Edward Millman, a WPA muralist; at Purchase College; and at the Art Students League in New York.
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