On Sunday afternoons I occasionally watch golf on television. (Don't judge me). The winner usually makes one or more spectacular shots. But almost always the primary reason for their victory is that they avoided making major mistakes. There is no redo for an errant tee shot. A disciplined consistent approach in all aspects of the game is rewarded.
|Nude Study, oil on linen, 9" X 12", 2013|
Painting also rewards a disciplined approach but a technique based on avoiding mistakes won't yield the best results. The richest paintings welcome missed brush strokes as a necessary part of the game. With oil paints in particular there is no line that can't be corrected, no area that can't be rubbed out or painted over. It is this search for the right marks that produces the most dynamic results.