Wednesday, August 1, 2007

River Study

11" x 14" Oil
This was an older river study using a fisherman
from photo inserted into my painting. Thought I'd put my moving water
pictures together.
I've always wanted to incorporate figures more in settings of nature
(think Luncheon on the Grass!) I'm always pushing my limits of knowledge
when painting and approaches in general to my studio work.

Here's a source I have found interesting as well.

Has anyone ever read Richard Diebenkorn's notes to himself on beginning a painting?

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. But in order to find other than what is searched for.
4. Use and respond to the initial fresh qualities but consider them absolutely expendable.
5. Do not discover a subject of any kind.
6. Somehow do not be bored but if you must, use it in action. Use its destructive potential.
7. Mistakes cannot be erased but they move you from your present position.
8. Keep thinking about Polyanna.
9. Tolerate chaos.
10. Be careful only in a perverse way.


  1. This one is great.

    Thanks for the comments its really inspiring.....

  2. Thanks Bejoy...It was started enthusiastically and I never could get back into it. Sometimes studies are just that...studies.

  3. Candy, thanks for posting Deibenkorn's notes... I especially want to remember #s 9 and 10 when I think I might quit on a particular piece!



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