Recently, I ran across an interview where the interviewer asked this standard question, "How exactly do you want people engage your work?"
What I found interesting was Emily Auchincloss' response. She answered, "I'd like them to suspend their disbelief. I'm starting to feel that we (our society) live in a constant state of disbelief...I think that's really sad. I sure don't want to live like that. I'm a believer."
When I usually start a drawing I will begin with pencil and then move onto darker vine charcoal because I like to get as much contrast in my drawings as I can, but at this small scale I love the delicate nature of using only pencil and I can get enough contrast by building up layer upon layer of a soft graphite pencil.
I tend to work in bunches, so when I started the year drawing, I knew it could last for a while. I ended up drawing for the better part of January and February! Not really what I had planned...but now paintings are starting to come along. Inundated is one of the first paintings to be completed this year. How could it be March already?
I'm looking forward to stretching my wings a bit on some larger works soon.
Right now I am puttering around the studio organizing everything that was left in piles in my work space in my flurry of activity at the end of the year. I always try and start the new year with clean studio.
It's not sexy, but it gives me time to think and plan out the new year.