|Dappled oil on canvas 30 x 40 x 1.5|
"Notes to myself on beginning a painting" by Richard Diebenkorn
1. Attempt what is not certain. Certainty may or may not come later. It may then be a valuable delusion.
2. The pretty, initial position which falls short of completeness is not to be valued - except as a stimulus for further moves.
3. DO search.
4. Use and respond to the initial fresh qualities but consider them absolutely expendable.
5. Don't "discover" a subject - of any kind.
6. Somehow don't be bored but if you must, use it in action. Use its destructive potential.
7. Mistakes can't be erased but they move you from your present position.
8. Keep thinking about Pollyanna.
9. Tolerate chaos.
10. Be careful only in a perverse way.
My favorite is the part about Pollyanna....cute girl but way too sweet. Loses a bit of the genuine.
A toast to Diebenkorn is in order. Cheers!
Jonathan Anderson, Creative Director, Lowe
No matter what you do, your work always contains elements from what came before. I wish I could say, "I invented trousers.". In the end, I have to give it new character.