Diebenkorn alternated between abstract paintings and ones with recognizable subjects. Compare Ocean Park No. 38 to Girl with Plant. Although one painting is abstract and the other shows objects, find some of the features that they have in common. For example, compare the shapes and colors the artist used, as well as the way he structured the compositions.
This painting is the thirty-eighth work in a series of related works that Diebenkorn created over several years. Discuss reasons why artists create in series. Create your own series of drawings that follow a single theme or subject.
Ocean Park is a town in California near Santa Monica. Imagine that you are visiting this town. What do you think it might be like? Write a postcard to a friend about Ocean Park and what you are doing there.
Conduct research to find out about Ocean Park and Santa Monica. Find out what the weather is like, how many people live there, what kind of jobs people have, what sports and entertainments are popular. Does this information help you to understand the painting? Do you think that any of the qualities of the location are reflected in the series named after it?
Find the different geometric shapes in this painting. How many of each type are included?
Measure the angles of the triangles you can find in this painting. Are they acute, obtuse or equilateral?