Richard Diebenkorn Writings

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Notes to myself on beginning a painting

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Attempt what is not certain. Certainty [strikethrough] if it comes at all [/strikethrough] may or may not come [strikethrough] at [/strikethrough] later [strikethrough] stages [/strikethrough]. It may then be a valuable delusion.

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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

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absolutely expendable.

Don’t “discover” a subject—of any kind.

Somehow don’t be bored—but if you must be, use it in action. Use its distructive [sic] [strikethrough] content [/strikethrough] potential.

Mistakes can’t be erased but they move you from your present position.

Keep thinking about Polyanna [sic].

Tolerate chaos.

Be careful only in a perverse way.



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