Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 86



I have no fear of making changes,

destroying the image, etc.,

because the painting has a life of its own.

Jackson Pollock


FHV #9 – 2017

Lee Krasner said, “Painting… in which the inner and the outer man are inseparable, transcends technique, transcends subject and moves into the realm of the inevitable.”

The first mark is very difficult. It is an act of destruction. It shatters the void of an empty canvas. 

Where it is placed determines the beginning of your journey. It is alone and has no character unto itself except for the intelligence of the mark itself.

An intelligent mark is alive! It is vibrant! it possesses a kinetic energy. It’s ready to come alive but it needs a partner. The execution of the second mark is much more difficult.

It creates a relationship with the first through, as Robin Williams calls it, C.R.A.P. It will compete with the first mark or ally itself with it through the contrast of size or the illusion of near or far or, light or heavy it has created.

FHV #6 – 2017

Where it is placed in relationship to or contrast with the first mark will also be determined by its proximity (near or far) and how it aligns (alignment) itself on the picture plane (high, middle or low). Repeating this mark (repetition) signifies its importance; why else would we repeat it?

The final mark in any piece is perhaps the most difficult because it signifies the end. It’s time for closure. It’s time to stop. Sometimes, stopping is much harder than starting!


Jackson Pollock said, “It is only when I lose contact with the painting that the result is a mess. Otherwise there is pure harmony, an easy give and take, and the painting comes out well.”



Posted on: 20/01/2017, by :
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