Thoughts on Painting 7: Boundaries

Many years ago I was asked to show my work in Pacific Grove. I had the whole hallway; I had 20 or 25 paintings up. And I remember thinking, “I’ve reached the top. I’ve arrived in Monterey. Look out world, here’s Bob.”

There were a lot of people at the opening reception, a shoulder-to-shoulder thing, looking at the artwork. I stood behind somebody who commented, “Oh, this guy outlines.” He probably expected me to follow the style of the California impressionists: they don’t outline. I rely on outlines; I think they’re effective. If Van Gogh did it, it’s good enough for me.

I never paint with black, though. I use fiddle blue, and medium cadmium red, and that's how I get my black. I can get a dead black with that combination.