"Thoughts on Painting"

"Time in a drawing is a strange thing..."

A shared little bit of time and space by Tim Hawkesworth and me - July 2012

A shared little bit of time and space by Tim Hawkesworth and me - July 2012

An excerpt from one of my favorite people, a little gift I received in my email today...

"Time in a drawing is a strange thing. It is part of what is needed for the drawing to come in. Without this quality it will not belong – it will not take its place – it will not sit right. I work away trying to crack the surface of the drawing – to open up space. Time needs space to unfold, to inhabit. How it happens is mysterious. It appears unknowable. Sometimes I just smash the drawing, strip it down, roughly, with frustration, scraping and slashing the surface and it just falls open. There it is. The quiet. The silence. Sometimes it is coaxed out and opens slowly like a flower. Other times it comes unnoticed – I leave a drawing that I believe to be in process and I come back the next day and it is there. Done. I think of Einstein’s metaphor of a permanently sealed clock that you can never open. You can only observe from the outside – speculate, hypothesize – the secret of the universe evidenced by the ticking and the turning."

 - Tim Hawkesworth

More writing by Tim here...

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