While reading de Kooning: An American Master, I was struck by the following quote from the author:
The downtown artists . . . saw how hard de Kooning was working “on the side,” and how ardently he struggled to find an independent style, constantly destroying his work rather than settling for mediocrity. (pg 122)
A chapter or two later, we find out that de Kooning ended up regretting the destruction of those early works.
How about you?
What’s your criteria for destroying work?
And how do you destroy it? Do you paint over it? Take it apart and make it into something new?