10/15/14 preparing for plein air and "best left unsaid 9" / by Philip Tarlow

today is more of a laying-the-groundwork day than a painting day. yesterday's walk up north crestone creek was exhilarating.  i'm unstretching/stretching canvas in preparation for plein air and for my next few best left unsaid paintings, one of which will be larger: 32x32."

And what is it that connects Vermeer, Palladio, Bach, Cage?
It's that same quality I've been talking about. It's neither contrived, nor surprising and smart, not baffling, not witty, not interesting, not cynical, it can't be planned and it probably can't even be described. It's just good. gerhard richter, 2011