Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 33

PAINTING - B-SERIES - 5Acrylic, charcoal and graphite on canvas board. 10" x 8"
Acrylic, charcoal and graphite on canvas board. 10″ x 8″

Okay, now this is scary.  Here’s a bunch of Cy Twombly (1928 – 2011) quotes I found while looking for something else.  I’m not trying to be anything but honest here.  Not only does our work look similar, as I’ve been told,  it also seems we have a similar way of thinking.

Ever since I was told that our work was similar, I have avoided looking at his work or reading about him.  I still do.  Sure, I’ll admit that I’ve taken a few furtive glances.  Not only have I felt like a voyeur, I’ve also had my jaw drop.  I remain intrigued by his work.  And now, I’m intrigued by his character especially after reading these quotes that follow.

1. Cy TwomblyI sit for two or three hours and then in 15 minutes I can do a painting, but that’s part of it. You have to get ready and decide to jump up and do it; you build yourself up psychologically, and so painting has no time for brush.  Brush is boring, you give it and all of a sudden it’s dry, you have to go.  Before you cut the thought, you know?

Me? I’ll go for weeks without physically working.  But during that time, I’m consciously collecting images and painting in my head.  Then, I go up to the easle to workout one problem I can’t sort out in my head.  I have to actually do it and the work piles up.  I’m working like a madman.

2. Cy Twombly I would have liked to be an architect but I’m not good at mathematics, so I don’t have the proper background.

Me? I also wanted to be an architect and math was never a friend of mine.

3. Cy Twombly – Landscape is one of my favourite things in the world.  Any kind of landscape stimulates me.

Me? The same goes for me, as well as, seascape or any open natural vistas.

4. Cy Twombly – When I work, I work very fast, but preparing to work can take any length of time.

Me? Again, the same here.  It’s that working in my head thing that just gets to the point that it has to get out and get down onto a surface.


What does any of this mean?  Don’t know.  Somebody needs to explain it to me.

Now, if I could only be as successful as Cy was…


Posted on: 09/01/2013, by : Ron Fortier
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