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.