This past year and a half, I've been engaged in rapid, constant production of my artwork, without much articulation of what I'm trying to do as an artist... While trying to learn the nuts and bolts of how to actually "DO" a piece of artwork (in the graphite pencil medium), ultimately, I'm trying to capture the atmosphere between the viewer and the object(s) in the piece.
Leonardo da Vinci did this. That's where I want to go.
By atmosphere, I mean the dust, the light, the air, the soot, the warmth, the heat, the energy (in a non-Zen use of the word), etc.
Why do this? Why expend all this effort to get this effect? Well, I am not trying to just get an effect. I am not trying to manipulate a trigger to garner a response in my viewers. Simply put, this atmosphere is where I want to go. The object in my artwork is secondary to the atmosphere. Really, objects occupy a relatively small amount of space in this world in contrast to the atmosphere. The atmosphere between the viewer and the object is bigger. Hooey, you say? Perhaps. But this is the path that I find myself on so far.