Wednesday, March 19, 2014


Enbrethiliel said...


When I compare the "new generation" of drawings to your old still life works, they have a more consistent familial feel.

Paul Stilwell said...

Thanks! That kind of gladdens me.

"Consistency of application" (of which Cezanne was a master, if not *the* master) can be hard to exercise. Of course, application here is not merely "application".

Much of it is a "state of soul" kind of thing (by which I do not mean "state of grace vs. mortal sin" or anything like that, though that is not by any means exempted) and how the gaze develops and learns - comprehends. The opening up of the doors of comprehension *is* the drawing, bringing up each part of the picture plane together at the same time.

Some of the older still life drawings have a certain...friction, and I look at them and go, "Oh, I guess it's true when they say that you reveal something of yourself no matter what you paint or draw - oh shit."