Art bite #10 – My drawings are my subject …

My drawings are my subject.

This has taken me (far too) long to realise – I used to know that painting had to be derived from a first-hand experience and went to some lengths to avoid refining brushstrokes too much to underline the en-plein-air atmosphere (even on-plain-hair in portraits?).

Cezanne, Auerbach,  Matisse and Rembrandt all found this out.

A drawing by me is (obviously) a first-hand experience (for me). Drawing the drawing in paint is between the subject and me in a way that drawing directly in paint from a subject can never be.

The paint itself is subject, object and the connection between them.

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