Douglas Witmer: Art & Modesty

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Libby Rosof interviews painter Douglas Witmer about his work and process.

Witmer comments: that: "My approach is completely additive. …I tried to find a way of painting where I couldn’t touch it–so I was dropping color with a turkey baster, kind of like color fields. …Could I just know what my choices are going to be? So I began to identify painting actions, to choose what I would do. If I insert myself too much, that does damage to the work. Along the way, at a certain point, I make decisions about a color. I'll be thinking about a memory of a color, or I’ll choose a color. These are super-personal choices. It’s for me and for others if they choose to receive it. I just live in hope that people take the moment to receive it."

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