Lately I have been playing with drawing and painting, and it’s all I want to do now. I don’t know what I’m doing and I rather like it that way. I hope I don’t “learn” too much and can continue to have fun. I love what Dievenkorn said about painting; I think his words can be applied to nearly everything in life.
Notes to myself on beginning a painting – Richard Dievenkorn
- Attempt what is not certain. Certainty may or may not come later. It may then be a valuable delusion.
- The pretty, initial position which falls short of completeness is not to be valued – except as a stimulus for further moves.
- Do search. But in order to find other than what is searched for.
- Use and respond to the initial fresh qualities but consider them absolutely expendable.
- Don’t “discover” a subject – of any kind.
- Somehow don’t be bored – but if you must, use it in action. Use its destructive potential.
- Mistakes can’t be erased but they move you from your present position.
- Keep thinking about Pollyanna.
- Tolerate chaos.
- Be careful only in a perverse way.