Here is another drawing. I’m working slowly these days. I enjoy making decisions slowly. The title is not important, its named after a jazz tune by the great Fats Waller. I should thank my daughter for commissioning this drawing. It meant that I actually completed it, and that inspires me to commit myself to finish at least six of the many drawings I seem to have abandoned. Leaving work unfinished is a trick that can feel like way of holding on to it’s potential. It’s also sometimes a way of waiting for a readiness to accept what is emerging, at least enough to proceed. I’m happy to sit in my studio doing nothing at all, except listening to music. This drawing has an embryonic sibling, but I wont attend to that until I have spent some time with two larger drawing which have been brought back to life. I wouldn’t hold your breath.
This drawing was commissioned by the Jazz musician and composer (and sculptor) Marcus Vergette and is intended for an album or CD cover. The music was inspired by the remarkable Titian painting, ‘The Flaying of Marsyas’, which has long fascinated Marcus. He came to my studio and showed me a number of abstract drawings he had made from the painting which date back to his college days. I persuaded him to make another one in ink. The image above is a reworking of this. For reasons I don’t understand I am especially pleased with it.
04.05.2017 The music has arrived in the post. The cropping of my image is a little harsh perhaps, and my name is misspelt on the back, just to stop me becoming too pleased with myself. but hey, it’s my artwork on an album cover, I’ve always wanted to do one and I think it looks pretty good. I am very happy.
Gouache on watercolour paper 35 x 35 cm
I have been unable to work on large drawings because of disruptive repairs to the building, so I have become very absorbed by making these smaller drawings. I have the feeling that if I can just get the edges in the right place then everything will be okay. Today I want to make the kind of art that will ward off evil, and that fascists will hate.
I should be clear, Teddie and I actually made this drawing together, she started it and I finished it, quite a while later.
Although we like to work at very different speeds, we seem to broadly agree about art, about pictures anyway : A picture should have several or many parts to it, and these parts should not all be the same as one another. Pictures without parts or parts that are more or less identical, are not creative pictures in our humble opinion. We think these simple guidelines also apply to food, cinema, music, literature.