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.
Gouache on watercolour paper 35 x 35 cm
‘Garden (Dead-head) (i)’ 92 x 121 cm
I have been making more of these gouache pictures.
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.