Wednesday, July 11, 2007

July 11, 2007
Went to bed anxious last night. Really unhappy with the Endurance of The Horse painting, but was too tired to start another one. At about 11:20 I was awakened by Buddy Boze Hatkiller head-butting his way through the bedroom door and flying into the house. I sat up and heard the thunder. Started to rain. Went and got Peaches, hiding in the studio, rode out the storm with them, then decided to get to work and started two more versions of Endurance. Worked until about 1:30, then went back to bed.

Here's my six sketches for the day, which are pretty weak as well:

The first of the second efforts (at left, below) was perhaps a tad too complicated and I soon bogged down. On the second try I went back to the basic idea and tried to stay subtle, tried to leave out unnecesary detail and I think it works:

Worked on these from about six in the morning until 9:30. Found two quotes that speak to all of this angst:

East Meets West: Dueling Quotes
"Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials."
—Lin Yutang

"To know essential details from unessential details is the study in all arts. Details there must be; they are the small things which make the big things."
—Frederick Remington

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