I came across this information by that usual chance route; looking for one thing on the internet and finding another. The 10 tips for artistic creation that the painter, Richard Diebenkorm shared were reminders to himself about starting a painting. I have read through them a few times now and I think they apply to photography and pretty much any other creative endeavour. What do you think? Do you have any guidelines that support your artistic creation process?

“Notes to myself on beginning a painting” by Richard Diebenkorn

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.

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 Pollyanna.

9. Tolerate chaos.

10. Be careful only in a perverse way.

Happy Creating!

PS The photo is part of a creative experimental practice I am exploring at present. More about that soon.

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