Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Words of wisdom from Dirk de Bruycker

I was just reminded of something Dirk DeBruycker told me when I met him back in 1999. We were speaking of the use of materials in a painting.

I was telling him about my being quite stingy with materials, being that I was relatively new to painting and didn't have a bunch of money. "If you are afraid to use too much materials in a painting, you'll never make the paintings you really wanna make."

Of course I am paraphrasing. It's really damn hard to remember something someone told you ten years ago. But the meaning behind the words rings true today just as it did ten years ago when I had the pleasure of meeting him at the Jan Maiden Gallery in Columbus Ohio.

If you ever get the chance to see his paintings in person I highly recommend it.



  1. Good post, Jeffrey. That also goes for the size of the support -- it's taken me a long time to finally go to a really large (e.g. 6 ft) canvas.

  2. Thanks Diane. I've only been able to make three of what I might consider "Large" paintings. Two are 4 1/2' X 6' and one was 5' X 6', which is still one of my absolute favorites.


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