After the MLK critique, I felt that the idea of the “sketch,” blemishes and all, as part of the final product didn’t go over so well. Similarly, the act of painting without the specific concerns of painting fell flat. Otherwise, I think the power of the multiple, as well as the meditative/compulsive potential of the process has merit. A good series needs a good balance between repetition and variety. So I decided to continue the search for a banal object to repeat over and over, just with more painting finesse, and a more flexible format.
I began by making observational sketches in charcoal and acrylics of coffee mugs on the premises.