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Rambling Through Diebenkorn Country

Mistakes can’t be erased but they move you from your present position. —Richard Diebenkorn, from “Notes to myself on beginning a painting”

Richard Diebenkorn, Bekeley #57, 1955 Oil on canvas Courtesy SFMOMA

Richard Diebenkorn, Berkeley #57, 1955
Oil on canvas
Courtesy SFMOMA

Note: A version of this review of Richard Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years 1953-1956 (De Young Museum, June 22–September 29, 2013) originally appeared…

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A Painter’s Bookshelf: Bad Boy

Working toward that moment—what painters call the frozen moment—led me to a new way of narrative painting. Painting is about trying to get to that instant that is pregnant with some special kind of energy. Done right, there’s an exquisite tension in the painting that comes from a precise set of relationships—between forms on an abstract level and between people on an image level. Finding where to arrest the…

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A Painter’s Bookshelf: Daily Rituals

Recollect that only when habits of order are formed can we advance to really interesting fields of action—and consequently accumulate grain on grain of wilful choice like a very miser—never forgetting how one link dropped undoes indefinite number.   —William James

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I wish I had a routine for writing. I get up in the morning and I go out to my studio and write. And then…

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Notes from the Studio: Wise Athena

Adolf Furtwängle, Lemnia Athena (reconstruction) Marble, 1891 Staatliche Museum, Albertinum, Dresden, Germany

Adolf Furtwängle, Lemnia Athena (reconstruction)
Marble, 1891
Staatliche Museum, Albertinum, Dresden, Germany

Note: A version of this post originally appeared on the blog Venetian Red.

For the past several months Athena, the Greek goddess of war, civilization, wisdom, strength, strategy, crafts, justice and skill (a versatile goddess if ever there was one) has been much on my mind. In fact, she’s…

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