In his article “Painting as the Art of Self-Portrait”, he describes the process of painting as follows:
It might be true that painting becomes easier when you know that a certain task will involve the use of a new technique. It might be true that if you know that certain steps in the creation of something is necessary, then you’ll have to learn the next step first. It might be true that painting becomes easier when a certain idea has given rise to something else. It might be true that if you know something is good, you’ll find things easier to do to it.
But the first step is still there, not being added to our knowledge.
What you want to do is to see what is already known, what is a necessary step, what is easier, what is worse. So you look at a painting that you are familiar with and you say, Oh, yeah, you know all that, you don’t need to learn it anymore, you can go and try to do your own painting.
You find, to what extent it’s easier to do than what you learned the first time.
At this point, you’re done toking. There’s nothing else to do, unless you just want to do something else for the rest of your life.
The idea is that if you see what is already known, that there will be no more learning for it, and you can now go and do something else.
However, the idea, like all of art, is a paradox.
What if you find out that what you can do is less than what you’ve learnt because of another obstacle you’ve overcome?
As far as I know, no one has been able to answer such questions.
This is not the point of this entry (unless you haven’t seen it already), but this post tries to answer them in case they will be useful for you. I think an understanding of how a certain thing becomes easier or worse in terms of other things is essential when you’re trying to achieve something.
Another way of asking how a thing becomes easier/worse is, “How is it better or worse than before?”.
To answer, we need to see the effect of what you’ve done and ask, “Am I better or worse now that I’ve learned it?”
That’s the point of this post.
What Is Less Easy?
Let’s call it “Less easy”.
Let’s also call it “Harder”.
Before I tell you what you
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