Painters Painting 2 – Robert Rauschenberg

Painters Painting 2 – Robert Rauschenberg

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Ah, just what I needed to watch – Rauschenburg – another painter who liked rubbing things out as much as they like creating things. I know it’s an old film and generations of painters back, but it’s fun the way he talks about it. Check out the way they posed him on top of the ladder to ‘seriously’ talk art…

As I wrestle with the build-it-up, rub-it-out again technique I’ve been using to make the painting I’m working on right now, it’s great to remind myself to trust and enjoy and let go of trying to control everything so much. I lost my way while making this one, partly because it’s a commission and I wanted to make it ‘nice’ (aargh) for the client. Actually, my fear of making it ‘not nice enough’ has resulted in me worrying too much and getting the worry right there into the painting. It went from something that looked joyful to something that looked anguished in a matter of a few layers, done over a few days.

I decided yesterday to abandon version 1 and re-do the whole painting with more joy right through – is that possible??

I believe so. Your state of mind is, well, exactly that – a state – so if I practice playing with that state of mind before I paint version 2, will I have more success at achieving something joyful that I think my client will love?

So, that’s my intention – to affect my state of mind and therefore affect the painting I’m able to create. I’m aware that this sounds like I’m trying to control things, but actually, I see it as an exploration, an experiment. Maybe not as bold as rubbing out Willem de Kooning’s favourite drawings, but it’s a start…

Painters Painting 2 – Robert Rauschenberg was last modified: August 9th, 2018 by Mi
2 Responses to "Painters Painting 2 – Robert Rauschenberg"
  1. david says:

    In the words of Abraham…

    “You just have to be who you are. The best you can do is be certain that you are connected to your Source Energy, and let everybody else figure it out for themselves. Some of them will adore you, some of them will hate you — and none of it has anything to do with you. Choose what feels good to you and leave everybody else to choose what they want. Don’t spend any time saying, “They should choose differently and they’d feel better.” Instead say, “They’re choosing whatever they’re choosing; I’m choosing what I’m choosing, and I’m feeling good while I’m choosing it.” And let that be the end of it.”

    I thought this might help, taken from

  2. Mi says:

    It does help – thank-you! you mean practice what you preach, then…
    From Chapter 12 of The Artist’s Way reading last night:

    “The creative process is a process of surrender, not control”.

    “You’re either losing your mind – or gaining your soul.”

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