The work of Richard Diebenkorn was in the back of my mind today. I have been reading about his Ocean Park series. Everything about my paintings is different than his. He worked in oils, I work in watercolor; he worked on canvases on the order of 8×10 feet, I work on paper of 9×12 inches; he knew what he was doing and how to achieve it, I am learning little-by-little about his work.
I began today’s experiment with masking frisket. The idea I had was to make some kind of veiny leaf, but also to divide the picture plane in sections. (My nod to Diebenkorn.) I painted the rivulets made by the frisket with red, so they would stand out against their green outlines.
The painted latex traces (rivulets) could either be veins of leaves, or trees, which seem to have the same structure as the veins, only in macrocosm.
I would probably do more justice to the spirit of Diebenkorn, had I deconstructed the leaf into planar areas, in the way that he re-constructed the aerial landscapes in some of his early works.