Do A Rough Draft [on DR Thursday]

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the field in early october: a morsel

I love seeing artists’ rough drafts. One of my all time favorite art exhibits was the hundreds of drawings and sketches John Singer Sargent executed en route to his painting, El Jaleo.

I’m more interested in the process than the final piece. I’m more captivated by the search than the find. That includes my own work as well. For me, the final painting is less a finished piece and more of a pause in the conversation.

It bothers me when a curator tells people what a painting is about or what the artist intended. I’ve squirmed many times during openings of shows when the gallery curator, introducing my work, tells people what my paintings mean. It locks people out. It prevents them from having THEIR relationship with my painting. I squirm equally when the work is not mine. I want a more pure experience.

To me, art is a doorway to the sacred, to the deeper things that words often cannot reach. It is a passage back to the beginning, to the fingerpainter, the child freely playing – prior to the time when a judge is planted between the painter and the piece, the painting and the viewer. That is where the riches are. And in that place it is all a rough draft.


read Kerri’s blog post about THE FIELD IN EARLY OCTOBER


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a field in early october/morsel ©️ 2018 david robinson & kerri sherwood


One Response

  1. Here’s a favorite quote from Willem DeKooning. It is so favorite I made it into a screen saver image with one of my own cryptic sketches as a background. [I also took the liberty of changing one word to broaden (update?!) it’s application to all genders]:

    “There’s no way of looking at a work of art by itself. It is not self-evident–it needs a history, it needs talking about; it’s part of a whole [person’s] life.”

    Any art exhibit that doesn’t feature some sketchbook images is incomplete.

    And I couldn’t agree more about “experts” who “interpret” art works. When they go beyond providing context they risk appearing insensitive and arrogant. Such shortsightedness risks excluding all other potential viewers’ interpretations.

    Context is everything?

    See also:
    It’s about the journey not the destination.

    But your “rough draft” notion is fresher!

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