The Easel

At the End of My Pencil

Bridget Riley, the acclaimed Op-Art British artist, really knows how to write. This classic essay recounts her long journey from drawing to black and white paintings to, most recently, coloured shapes. “It was seven years before I found a way of even beginning to work with colour … You cannot deal with thought directly outside practice as a painter: ‘doing’ is essential in order to find out what form your thought takes.”