Art Resolutions is a 2015 self-imposed charge to create an artistic study each day for a year. Welcome to Day 5.
Yesterday, I had lunch at a local Thai restaurant and found that there was little to commend it to a study. Let me be frank, little that I found compelling. Art has a great ability to capture the mundane as a magical moment in time, but the restaurant had too many “right” angles and was too small for me to capture a study of a patron without causing a stir and making some poor soul squirm. So I kept my pencils in the box over lunch and thought about them later in the day on returning home in the bitter subzero cold. Thought about them several times when I came to consciousness during the night and figured I would get up this morning and capture the last moments of the waning life of dying white mums in a vase on my bedroom desk. Instead, at 5;45am I headed to the studio for my ritual coffee, meditation book reverie, and journal entry. There I saw many still life images that moved me to sketch. I chose to do a 20 minute study of my painting easel and half-finished canvas of the boys. The lamplight cast soft shadows on the wall and even though much of what I drew was straight edges, they all converged in odd angles, in strange ways, casting subtle grey aliases on the wall.
The biographic sketch has a certain depth that the “on the road” study does not. And it pleased me that some morning in the future, a child, grandchild, or friend will come across this and think–“so that is what her studio looked like that morning in 2015.”