Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Notes to Myself... Richard Diebenkorn

Self-portrait - no date. Sketchbook sheet, private collection.
Urbana No. 6, 1953. Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, TX

Cityscape I, 1963. MOMA - San Francisco.

Girl with Flowered Background, 1962

Urban No. 4, 1953.

Coat I, III, IV, V, 1990. Etchings, private collection.
Notes to myself 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 b 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. 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 Polyanna.
9. Tolerate chaos.
10. Be careful only in a perverse way.
From the Art of Richard Diebenkorn by Jane Livingston. Published by Whitney Museum of American Art, NY.


Brad Gailey said...

One of my favorite artists, especially the figurative work. So little of it, a shame.


Bruce Docker said...

It was just recently that I was introduced to RD. City 1 is my favorite. Interesting site you habe here. bd

artslice said...

Hi Brad - He's one of my faves too... I saw his work at the San Francisco MOMA and was in awe! This particular book has several figure paintings and line drawings. Maybe I'll post them some time.
Hi Bruce... thanks for dropping by... come back anytime!

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