I just left the studio with a lot more questions than answers, which I guess is a good thing, but a bit unsettling. I tried something really different for me, pressing charcoal gesture drawings into wet paint, with fresh and interesting results--but so unlike anything else I've done that I can't quite see claiming them as my own. They're so...figurative. I'll probably end up obscuring the drawings with layers of paint, so I'm not posting any images at this point. I suspect they are just a step in some process that has yet to unfold.
Also in the past few days I have totally destroyed two paintings that I considered close to done and bound for my upcoming show in Milwuakee. I went back into them and made changes that led to other changes, and pretty soon there was not enough left of the original idea to pursue. It is a hard thing to learn, over and over, that destruction often leads to a better creation. There is that long moment when you just feel kind of sick over the loss of what at least had the potential to be good. But I've had this experience so many times, I know what to do...take a deep breath and repeat the magic mantra..."Trust in the process."