Tune for a Monday Afternoon
Paper and Ink

So simple. So true.

Writing desk

"Every work of literature has both a situation and a story. The situation is the context or circumstance, sometimes the plot; the story is the emotional experience that preoccupies the writer: the insight, the wisdom, the thing one has to say."   -- Vivian Gornick, The Situation and
the Story


I think an artist does the same thing with images instead of words. It's the story that keeps us reading...or looking.

(Five notebooks on the go at once! I have dozens of old notebooks and files and exercise books, there's no rhyme or reason to any of them, I can never find one when I want it, so I end up writing cryptic notes to myself on scraps of paper that I always intend to transcribe into something to keep, then they get misplaced and I find them weeks...months...years later and think 'what the heck was that about?!')

So true - and I am thinking about what I tell my students in painting who often make a beautiful situation/context, but don't quite tell a story. I remind them to give me the characters - in paint it might be a line, a shape, a color or texture area, or quite literally a figure/subject.

I enjoy seeing the stack of notebooks, the top one is especially nice!

Oh, far more notebooks than 5! I have one for each open or on-going work project. My current number of notebooks (I just counted) is 18. That doesn't count old notebooks for projects that are completed...

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