Laguna Madre Work in Progress


Motherwell’s attitude to spontaneity was always complex, painting and then painting out, modulating the first impulse, correcting, so that the initial freedom yields to a shaping spirit which is more formal and architectonic.

Bernard Jacobson, Robert Motherwell: The Making of an American Giant

My reading of this excellent book on Motherwell has been feeding my impulse to paint, so the day has been spent running back and forth between the reading chair and the drafting table. I’ve enjoyed the same rhythm about which he testified, as I have poured, spattered and rubbed paint spontaneously across this page, then revised with masquing, drawing and line painting, a constant back-and-forth between spontaneity and control.


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2 Responses to “Laguna Madre Work in Progress”

  1. Xraypics Says:

    Building the complexity with different techniques is what gives a painting zing. Difficult to “paint-out” with water-colour, once it’s there, it’s there.


    • davidtripp Says:

      Good point. Sometimes I use sandpaper to “paint out” and sometimes I just blot and scrub with a wet rag. Then of course, I can always darken a color. But yes, in the end, I prefer to have a “transparent” watercolor appearance.


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