Richard Diebenkorn

This is a must for everyone who sets out to make new work, or in fact be creative in any way.

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 don’t be bored – but if you must, use it in action. Use its 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 perverse way.

Richard Diebenkorn