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Too Cézanne Drawing

Ted Washington

United States

Drawing, Ink on Paper

Size: 30 W x 40 H x 0.3 D in

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About The Artwork

This drawing is an interpretation of a sketch from my small sketch book that was drawn while on an extended trip to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. At the time I was deep into studying Cézanne and his works. I love the way he painted the atmosphere in his landscapes. I decided to use simple shapes to define the space, perception and to imply motion. Then it was a matter of converting pencil to pen and ink and expansion in size while maintaining the balance of the smaller drawing. It's the ares of nothing that ultimately make the art work.

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Drawing:Ink on Paper

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:30 W x 40 H x 0.3 D in

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Ted Washington is an artist, author, poet and reluctant businessman. He now lives in San Diego, after spending time as an apprentice draftsman for a beer brewery in St. Louis, an Internal Revenue Service employee in Springfield, MO, a retail sales representative in Denver, CO, and temporarily homeless vagabond turned baker on the beaches of Venice, CA. Ted is the founder of Puna Press and the performance group Pruitt Igoe. Pruitt Igoe was awarded a Synergy Foundation grant and performed in Harlem, New York City. Ted Washington won the BRAND 37 purchase award, with the Glendale Library acquiring one of his artworks for their permanent collection. -- Dots -- The search for order in this chaos. Art. Life. I was hoping to draw pretty pictures but something happens. I get carried away. Dots take time, time for my mind to get away from all of this. The pretty pictures get lost in there and this art is what remains. Unfortunately (or fortunately) there is always an alpha for every omega; more ink, more paper and more time. The chaos takes me. Order is for the end. You probably don’t want to hear some metaphysical bullshit. You want to hear an answer to, “Why dots?” That I was homeless and how only the pens survived the spiral of drugs, booze and women. And how drugs, booze and women funded and fueled the art. You probably want to hear about technical challenges; of finding proper gradation in the pen sizes. How I pursued achieving depth in the darkest regions, using the negative space in the foreground and background, using texture to convey the image. About studying Cezanne, Schielle, Adams and Close for the roadmap to the figurative and away. How nature, philosophy, meditation and music have taken me further into abstraction. The reality of it is, if I live the art will be the reason. Journeys through chaos to order.

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