This visual game involves imagination and perception; perception of the composition and design as well as the decision process. As the marks evolve into forms many qualities and elements arise: the quality of a line as it grows across the paper to be met by another line to form a shape. The shape has associations to the visual world that brings up images and words, labeling an idea from memory. The gaming element is that specialized thinking that can include all of my lifelong visual experiences, awareness of art history and academic training as well as technical skills with the tools at hand. Now imagine all this condensed in an instant as the pen stops, lifts up and begins anew in some other direction.

 

Within an hour or two I’ve got a small collection of drawings, some only taking a moment. The decision when to flip the page and move on is part of the game. There is a progression from first to last, if only in time. They can look quite dissimilar. I don’t go back to alter anything. One or two will be much more developed beyond the spontaneous sketches. 

 

It’s within those more complex drawings that the visual game plays out and results in the promise of a painting to come. During this drawing phase my awareness is focused and perception of time is altered. Here is where creativity flows. As soon as I realize that I am following some conventional form or direction I abruptly change it. When the free flowing line begins to depict a form I can label with a word, such as a head, flower or landscape, I will make a turn that denies that recognizable thing from becoming. That would be conventional, which I avoid.