After we'd talked awhile, I asked Andrei if I could make his portrait, and he graciously agreed. I made two:
top, first drawing: Sharpie paint marker
bottom, second drawing: China marker
Of which I think the top one is better. I seem to have forgotten about his eyebrows in the second portrait, and also his mouth is ill-proportioned. I realized these things only later, as I looked at the images on my computer screen. Trying too hard to get a good likeness, probably. Portraits (well, mine at least) are always best in that first spontaneous visual response.
I met with Andrei because I have agreed to make a painting for an event by Branch Out, an organization that funds research such as his.
This evening I've already looked up a few of the things we talked about (hence the link to the fear extinction study results above) and it's quite fascinating.
I think one of the reasons I make art is that there was some trauma in my family when I was young, and making art has definitely helped me to deal with at least some aspects of that. I think it's not so much the images per se, but the actual physical process, which usually involves very repetitive motions over a span of time. Like my sketchbooks: basically the same image over and over, filling whole books. It's very soothing, and it also becomes a method of focussed research which can lead to more involved work.
Perhaps making art helps my endocannabinoids to function properly. Certainly making art is the antithesis of fear, even though sometimes I'm unsure of where the process is going...
Much to ponder after this meeting.
Meanwhile, I will make a painting for the Branch Out event (which by the way will be held at cSPACE in Calgary in April) and probably not really know what that painting is all about until maybe two years from now. Typical of my process.
Thanks for a super visit, Andrei, I very much appreciate your taking the time.
Thank you too, dear Reader, and ciao for now.