April 26th, 2016
Episode 198 of 211 episodes
The American abstract expressionist painter Richard Diebenkorn (1922 –1993) is noted not only for his great work, but also for his thoughts about the creative process. Diebenkorn's "Notes to myself on beginning a painting" is a list of 10 things to think about as we begin any creative work - we can think of them as "10 Rules for Getting Started." Play Podcast: Links for this Episode: Richard Diebenkorn on Artsy. net Richard Diebenkorn - a website with lots of information and images Camera Position on Facebook - Share your images Camera Position on Flickr - Share your images Sign up for the Workshops Mailing List - Planning is underway for the 2017 Italy Photography Workshops 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 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 Polyanna. 9. Tolerate chaos. 10. Be careful only in a perverse way.