This untitled ink and watercolour sketch by the extraordinary Californian artist Martin Ramirez somewhere between 1948 and 1963 seems to sum up my week.
I’m spending every waking hour at a desk with a train of a deadline thundering noisily past the window.
This little person doesn’t have toppling bookshelves full of wonderful art books though (and nor do they have a wonderful swiveling chair which arrived on Monday, and which distracted me for several happy minutes, until I felt a bit woozy with all that turning.)
I will leave all other kind of writing until I have finished this new book, but I’d like, first, to share a little insight into the color genius Wassily Kandinsky’s practice, from when in 1900 he was an art student, studying in Munich under Franz von Stuck.
“Sometimes I had to think for a long time about his comments after he had corrected me – but later I almost always found them valid. I had the annoying fault of not being able to finish a picture; he had only to make one comment to put it right. He told me that I worked too tensely, that I grasped what was interesting from the very first and spoilt it by spending too long over the uninteresting part of the work.”
That, I feel right now, could be pretty smart advice.