Rackstraw Downes: On Painting

Rackstraw Downes, Water-Flow Monitoring Station on the Rio Grande Near Presidio,
Rackstraw Downes, Water-Flow Monitoring Station on the Rio Grande Near Presidio, TX, Part 1) Facing South, The Guage Shelter, 1:30PM, 2002-03, Oil on canvas, 28 1/2 x 42 inches (courtesy Betty Cuningham Gallery)

Frank Hobbs transcribes excerpts from a newly posted video on the painter Rackstraw Downes.

Hobbs quotes Downes: "When I… started painting from observation, one of the reasons was that I didn’t want to be so damn self-conscious about my paintings… Why not just look at something and paint it the way it is? Plop! And that’s what I did... People often say to me, why do you pick such banal subjects, and I don’t understand that at all. They don’t seem to me to be banal in the least. They’re full of magic."