I have been revisiting some influences of previous work that I have done and found all these great references that have been buried for several years. It feels great to find them and be inspired all over again. Here are some links to Jasper Johns’ works at MoMA and a video from SFMOMA of him creating a work in his number series.
And some great quotes…
Sometimes I see it and then paint it. Other times I paint it and then see it. Both are impure situations, and I prefer neither.
Painting can be a conversation with oneself and, at the same time, it can be a conversation with other paintings. What one does triggers thoughts of what others have done or might do…this introduces a degree of play between the possible and the necessary, which can allow one to learn from other artists’ work that might seem otherwise unrelated or irrelevant.