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By Anonym 13 Sep

Richard Diebenkorn

As a work progresses, its power to elicit and dictate response mounts. There seems to be an optimum moment when this power is at its greatest which just precedes the point where 'elicit' is no longer apt usage. 'Dictates' is the word for this condition and tyranny is the adversary.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Richard Diebenkorn

I have found in my still-life work that I seem to be able to tell what objects are important to me by what tends to stay in the painting as it develops.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Richard Diebenkorn

My freedom will be so much the greater and more meaningful, the more narrowly I limit my field of action and the more I surround myself with obstacles.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Richard Diebenkorn

I came to mistrust my desire to explode the picture and supercharge it in some way… what is more important is a feeling of strength in reserve – tension beneath calm.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Richard Diebenkorn

In a successful painting everything is integral - all the parts belong to the whole. If you remove an aspect or element you are removing its wholeness.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Richard Diebenkorn

Use and respond to the initial fresh qualities but consider them absolutely expendable.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Richard Diebenkorn

I would like the colors, their shapes and positions to be arrived at in response to and dictated by the condition of the total space at the time they are considered.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Richard Diebenkorn

If you get an image try to destroy it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Richard Diebenkorn

I trust the symbol that is arrived at in the making of the painting. Meaningful symbols aren't invented as such, they are made or discovered as symbol later.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Richard Diebenkorn

And I can just see that sometimes the technique is blasting powder rather than steady struggle.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Richard Diebenkorn

Somehow don't be bored, but if you must, use it in action. Use its destructive potential.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Richard Diebenkorn

When I am halfway there with a painting, it can occasionally be thrilling... But it happens very rarely; usually it's agony... I go to great pains to mask the agony. But the struggle is there. It's the invisible enemy.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Richard Diebenkorn

My freedom consists in my moving about within the narrow frame that I have assigned myself for each one of my undertakings.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Richard Diebenkorn

Abstract means literally to draw from or separate. In this sense every artist is abstract.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Richard Diebenkorn

Attempt what is not certain. Certainty may or may not come later. It may then be a valuable delusion.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Richard Diebenkorn

Don't be a Pollyanna!

By Anonym 13 Sep

Richard Diebenkorn

Abstract means literally to draw from or separate. In this sense every artist is abstract for he must create his own work from his visual impressions. A realistic or non-objective approach makes no difference. The result is what counts.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Richard Diebenkorn

I want painting to be difficult to do.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Richard Diebenkorn

I don't go into the studio with the idea of 'saying' something. What I do is face the blank canvas and put a few arbitrary marks on it that start me on some sort of dialogue.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Richard Diebenkorn

My father didn't think being an artist was a respectable or worthy goal for a man. He hoped I would see my way to more serious work and would find myself turning towards medicine, law, or business.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Richard Diebenkorn

Maybe the given person, cup, or landscape is lost before one gets to painting. A figure exerts a continuing and unspecified influence on a painting as the canvas develops. The represented forms are loaded with psychological feeling. It can't ever just be painting.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Richard Diebenkorn

All paintings start out of a mood, out of a relationship with things or people, out of a complete visual impression. To call this expression abstract seems to me often to confuse the issue. Abstract means literally to draw from or separate. In this sense every artist is abstract . . . a realistic or non-objective approach makes no difference. The result is what counts.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Richard Diebenkorn

I keep plastering it until it comes around to what I want, in terms of all I know and think about painting now, as well as in terms of the initial observation.