Art Cafe…Diebenkorn Notes to Self

Maybe we should be doing this ourselves, challenging, pushing and asking am I falling into predictability? Only in the questioning do we find the answers. Wishing you an art filled week.

Richard Diebenkorn, Notes to Self.

The following list was found among the papers of the painter Richard Diebenkorn after his death in 1993. Spelling and capitalization are as in the original.

diebenkorn profileNotes 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 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. 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.

You might want to check out John Porter Lasater IV this coming Friday, Nov. 13th and Saturday, Nov. 14th. He’ll be doing his “24 Paintings in 24 Hours” and will be broadcasting live on Periscope. If you haven’t discovered Periscope, it’s a free app and I can’t wait to see what John has on the easel (many times).


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