Notes to myself on beginning a painting
the chorister's c ||| pedantic nuthatch
David L. Gorsline.
- 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
- Keep thinking about Polyanna.
- Tolerate chaos.
- Be careful only in a perverse way.
Richard Diebenkorn, studio notes, quoted by John
Elderfield, "Leaving Ocean Park," in Jane Livingston,
ed., The Art of Richard Diebenkorn (Whitney Museum
of American Art, 1997).
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