Goal-free art

PictureI’ve been very focused on getting ready for A.P.E., and I’ve gotten a lot done this week. I also went to a great panel discussion by several cartoonists at the Contemporary Jewish Museum today. When they were asked the eternal question, “How did you get published?” their answer was that’s it’s best to self-publish a book, and then get a table at places like APE, so I guess I’m doing it right.
In the meantime, it’s increasingly important to spend some of my weekly art time on goal-free art, like the pastel drawing on this page. This is the kind of stuff I work on while listening to jazz at the end of the day. This pastel drawing isn’t for any purpose. No frames, no price tags, no meaning. When I do these goal-free drawings/paintings, they often have a few things in common. They’re usually in color. These shapes seem to recur. Is it an artistic theme or is it OCD? I still like the black lines too. I suppose that’s a nod to cartooning and/or childhood coloring books.

P.S. My goal was to do 5 hours of art this week, and I succeeded. No time commitment for the coming week. I’m going to be spending all day Saturday and Sunday at APE. That’s enough of a commitment.