Sunday, July 24, 2011

Shazam 1
 oil on panel  16" x 20"

“What you do when you paint, you take a brush full of paint, 
get paint on the picture, and you have faith”.   Willem de Kooning

“I can never accomplish what I want – only what I would have wanted 
had I thought of it beforehand”.   Richard Diebenkorn
I’ve included these two quotes because first, they are from two artists whose work has always been a kind of beacon for my own, and second, because they so well sum up my feeling about what painting must be, no matter what style or subject. I guess all my art is of one piece because it comes from my sensibility and experience.
Each brushstroke is a decision”.   Robert Motherwell


  1. I love these energetic and gestural works, Dean! And thanks for the quotes, I used to keep a few of these up in my studio.

    one of my favorites: Henry James - We work in the dark — we do what we can — we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art.

    Also, did you ever see the New Yorker cartoon of Popeye being interviewed for a job? I'll send it to you.