Diebenkorn has used several different contrasting color schemes within this painting. After studying a color wheel, discuss how Diebenkorn utilized primary colors in this painting. Identify pairings of complimentary colors. Develop compositions with color schemes utilized by Diebenkorn.
Like other works by Diebenkorn from this period, the artist included a figure in this work. How is the girl positioned? In what ways would the painting be changed if the artist had chosen to paint the girl facing the viewer? How do you think his choices affect the mood of the painting?
Imagine that you are the girl sitting in this painting, reading a book. What are you reading? Are you feeling calm, excited, sad? Write a paragraph describing your mood.
When Diebenkorn created this painting, San Francisco and New York were art centers in the US. Compare different features of New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area. If you were an artist, which city would you prefer to live in? Why?
Richard Diebenkorn lived in California in the San Francisco Bay Area. In this part of California, the ocean has an important effect on the weather. Find out about the weather in the Bay Area. Is it the same throughout the region? Are there other aspects of the geography that affect the weather? What would it be like to live in a place like that? How is it different from where you live?
Find the different geometric shapes in this painting. What objects does the artist construct from these shapes?