Winter Trees IX (working title) pencil on Arches Hot Press mounted on maple 40” x 50”
It’s been years since I have posted a “work in progress”, this is the main drawing for my solo exhibit at Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati starting in August. This is the second largest drawing that I have ever completed, I have about 60 hours into to it so far. I’m using a grid on this one, the complexity is enormous without one I would constantly lose my place. I’m working off of around thirty photos and many branches and twig that I have collected from the ordinal place. I will update this WIP every two or three weeks.
I know that's what you do, your usual. But I'm impressed every time.
long time . And even that
size of the work was pretty large ( for me ) -- about 24" x 30"
It would be interesting to know how many other ( if known ) artists in history - have created such large, detailed and time consuming drawings.
It seems to come under the title of 'obsessive' - but I'm not implying that as something negative . I've always felt that artists , inventors , scientists , etc
have sometimes been obsessive to achieve their aims . - ( taking a trait that in the 'normal' population would be looked at askance - at least by psychiatrists -
and turning it into a positive )
So I guess what I might ask -- is -- do you considered yourself - 'obsessive' in any other ways - and could that trait have led to your first such drawing of this magnitude ?
Sorry - not intending to get personal , or pry -- just curious -certainly the end results are quite amazing and I would imagine can only be fully appreciated in person .
I'm sure you must have spoken on this subject in the past - or been asked . At any rate your talent is undeniable ! ....cheers ~ douglas
I have OCD not kidding it’s not a laughing matter is a terrible affliction, I was diagnosed with it about 20 years ago. I was put on medication and it helped and knowing what it was helped. I was afraid my cure would change how I did and looked at art…it did not…I still have OCD it’s under control but my love of the complexity is still there and has nothing to do with OCD and if it does thank GOD. my son has ADHD i tell him use it as gift as i have, all the Prozac in the world should not take away the passion.
You certainly have a great attitude and have
found a way to frame the situation that doesn't
attempt to nail everything down to strict definitions.
Many artists have varying psychological / physical
ailments that probably influence their art. Medications
have often been debated as to their effect on creativity.
But you seem to have struck a balance between the two .
It's probably an ongoing balancing act - but you and we --and your son
are the beneficiaries of your experience .