A canvas saturated in layered shades of muted browns, oranges, ochres, and yellows is crossed by lines, some dark some light, some on the surface, some buried beneath the surface color. A bold horizontal line cuts across about a quarter of the way from the bottom. On the right are several faint verticals. At the top two horizontal lines underlap and overlap with two diagonals.
Richard Diebenkorn's Ocean Park series is named after the neighborhood in Santa Monica, California where he had his studio. The subjects of the series are 1) an abstract consideration of color and form, 2) a treatment of the southern California landscape (the mellow subtleties of West Coast sunlight, the vast almost abstract appearance of the dry, open land), and 3) the painting process itself, which the artist makes visible to the viewer through the layers of paint.
Abstract painting, primarily white with a large squarish area of dark green in the top left quadrant. Loose brushwork varies from wide, full strokes to the short, rapid strokes at the compositions center. Pigment application ranges from a very thin wash to heavy impasto.
In "White Territory," the title of the work along with its gestural brushwork strongly evoke the memory or sensation of a landscape. It is a reflection upon personal associations and inner domains that the artist calls "internal weather."