Sunday, May 12, 2013

A Painting is Not a Linear Progression

A painting is not a linear progression—it doesn't progress in one direction.  I go forward and back, forward and back, many times.  I try not to expect to keep moving along pleasantly toward completion, and to know that I'll inevitably do things I'll later need to change or remove entirely. 

Accepting that I'll be travelling backwards sometimes can ease my mind and make me more open to risk, mistake, and accident—all good things.  As Wolf Kahn put it, "You should always go further than you should." 

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