Notes to myself on beginning a painting
1. Attempt what is not certain. Certainty may not come later. It may be 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. But in order to find other than what is searched for.
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 just destructive potential.
7. Mistakes can't be arranged, but they move you from your present position.
8. Keep thinking about Pollyanna.
9. Tolerate chaos.
10. Be careful only in a perverse way.