9 thoughts on “on the worktable today

    • Thank you, Judy.

      Yes, it’s always a shame when a drawing disappears. I worked out this composition on the board intended for the painting, with no preliminary made on a separate piece of paper. You’ve made me pause now, wondering whether to start over with another board, so that the drawing can survive. Yikes. There’s a lot in the drawing that I want in the painting, and yet I know something will be lost if I copy it onto another ground. I never go for a tight copy, but work freely to see what else comes of the composition, and so if I do it again it will be quite different in feel.

      A quandary.

      • A quandary indeed, Clive. Maybe do another and see if you like it enough to bring to fulsome painted glory and if not you can go back to this one? I am cheeky making this suggestion but to me there is something very special about that drawing. I feel I want it to be in the world.

        • No, it’s good to hear opinions and take on board ideas. That’s what the Artlog is supposed to be about. Thank you for giving the matter so much thought. I wouldn’t have hesitated but for the comments you and Phil made. So that’s good!

          But if I don’t paint over it, should I frame it for the exhibition, or set it aside in the plan-chest? Ho hum.

  1. Awesome drawing Clive, how you’ve modelled that torso with just a few lines is just amazing – I do agree about going with your obsessions, and it’s paying off here in spades!

  2. Oh I love that drawing! There’s an emotion that it brings out in me that I cannot quite detect, a terrific overwhelming sadness , the warmth of close friends, of weariness and tragedy, a moment of respite, it’s wonderful Clive!

    • Thank you Liz. I’ve been thinking about the story of Hervé and his wolf for many years now, and perhaps because it’s a relatively simple one, there’s a lot of room for the artist to explore the themes of violence, aftermath, forgiveness and sacrifice at its heart.

      A hungry wolf attacks a blind man’s well-loved dog, kills and eats it. Thereafter wherever the man goes, the wolf accompanies him. So, there’s the suggestion that nature has been upended, and that all the rules governing the way the world moves, must be questioned.

      The implication is that because Hervé, an itinerant ‘praise-singer’, is a holy innocent, a greater power intervenes to protect him by rendering the wolf contrite and submissive. Religious fables are rich in examples of nature unexpectedly tamed as an expression of the miraculous.

      Except of course, experience teaches us that nature is forever bucking the rules, and that extraordinary alliances, relationships and interspecies fellowships occur all the time. I find the idea of the wolf being changed by God, much less interesting than the notion of it electing to suppress its nature without any interference from ‘above’. Hervé is forever changed because he forgives the wolf, and the wolf is forever changed because it has opened itself to Hervé. I find the wolf’s sacrifice heartrending, and of course there is implicit in it a tragedy waiting to happen. Hervé knows it, and at some level the wolf knows it too. Wolves need to run with their own kind, but this one has turned away from the pack. That can’t end well.

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