Monday, August 19, 2013

Diebenkorn at the de Young

Last week I had a chance to see the Richard Diebenkorn exhibit at the deYoung Museum.  Now, all I can think about is going to see it again.  It is up until the end of Sept.

Here are Richard Diebenkorn's , "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 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 do not be bored, but if you must, use it in action. Use it's destructive potential.

7. Mistakes can't be erased, but they can move you from your present position.

8. Keep thinking about Pollyanna.

9. Tolerate chaos.

10. Be careful only in a very perverse way.

by Richard Diebenkorn

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Debbi Smith Rourke said...

Fabulous!! Wish I could see it - I love his work!!! Go see it again!! xoxo

Celeste Bergin said...

honestly...I have absolutely no idea what any of that means....but I loved reading it! Thanks for sharing it.

Page Pearson Railsback said...

OMG Nancy..You know how painful it was for me to miss that when I was out there..Tell us MORE when you go again. He is the ultimate and I love his perfect..MORE MORE. Is there a fabulous book that goes with the show?

Amy Hillenbrand said...

Too bad we can't go together.

Diane Hoeptner said...

Love this, thanks for sharing.