Monday Motivator: Rejecting a Painting’s First Rendition

Monday Motivator

“Many artists consider art as a process of learning … [Richard Diebenkorn] considered the process of constantly reworking a canvas to be one of manifesting his ideas, finding it inappropriate to accept a painting’s first rendition. … looked forward to the moment when a work demanded rectification, enjoying this moment of change, considering this layering of ideas to be the process which generated his most successful work.”

Kate Reeve-Edwards, “David Mankin: Remembering in Paint“, page 75,

If an idea is good enough to paint once, why not twice, thrice, however many times you wish? Reworking it on the same canvas or starting it afresh. It’s a bit like doing thumbnails to pursue and refine and idea, but in actual size.

Claude Monet (1840-1926), Wisteria, 1917-1920, oil on canvas, 150,5 x 200,5 cm, Kunstmuseum Den Haag.

3 Replies to “Monday Motivator: Rejecting a Painting’s First Rendition”

  1. I enjoy this process of evolution in painting. I’ve taken ”finished” paintings off the wall to rework or grabbed one languishing in a drawer to add stitching or oil pastels. I ask myself “what if?” and then go “Oh, why not?”
    It doesn’t always work out but I always learn something. Curious brains are never satisfied….

    1. And when it does work out, it’s validation for following that “what if?” impulse for the next time!

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