Guston would also describe the sense of satisfaction he got when he left his studio and thought of his paintings as a whole bunch of people he’d left in a room back there. “The strongest feeling I have, and it’s confirmed the next day or the following week, is that when I leave the studio I have left there a ‘person’, or something that is a thing, an organic thing that can lead its own life, that doesn’t need me anymore, doesn’t even need my thoughts about it.”
As a photographer, the marks on this brownish background remind me of the “negative” effect of the photographic colour film. This is another piece of evidence for the strength and power of the colour association in the painting process. It obviously depends on our sensibility and personal perception.