Your Work Must Grow

Painting by Arshile Gorky The Artist's Mother, 1926 or 1936 Charcoal on ivory laid paper 630 x 485 mm

Painting by Arshile Gorky
The Artist’s Mother, 1926 or 1936
Charcoal on ivory laid paper
630 x 485 mm

Class notes, from Advanced Drawing Studio with Barbara Rossi, SAIC, 1991

Look at Gorky’s portrait of his mother in our collection.

Focus on theme, medium or image of our work – substantial # of drawings – qualitative development of idea through many works.  Sketchbook, also.

Work must grow.

Make a collection of whatever subject or form for our project.

Look at Mona Lisa, other Renaissance portraits.


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