This painting was inspired by Cigar Box Lid #3 by Richard Diebenkorn. What I really liked about the original cigar box paintings was that RD overpainted the tops in such a way that it allowed some of the text/image of the cigar box to poke through. I really like that layering.
"I want a painting to be difficult to do. The more obstacles, obstructions, problems - if they don't overwhelm - the better. I would like to feel that I am involved at any stage of the painting with all its moments, not just this 'now' moment where a superficial grace is so available." - Richard Diebenkorn