Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Validation

Soul Man   china marker on paper   12.5 x 9.5
All artists want validation outside of themselves. I guess that is natural. We want to know that there are others who appreciate our efforts. Myself, I love errant strokes, errant lines that show the searching, the desires of the artist. Erasers should be banned...........artists spend too much time self-doubting and looking for the "perfect stroke" or the "perfect line". I am guilty of this myself from time to time. I would like all strokes and all lines to be perfect....i.e. perfect for the expression of the individual artist. China markers are perfect for this task, as they have a soft dark waxy nature that cannot be erased. They literally glide across the paper. Like it or not, all strokes are on the paper. All lines are there as well. Even the imperfect ones. Oh happy day! The art of the individual. "Soul Man" was done with a china marker................

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