If you’re going to be
an abstract painter you have to be willing to think about yourself a lot. Having
to do without other subject matter, you must accept and encourage your own habits, good and bad.
Also, your feelings about what you are looking at, that is, the square of linen you hope will
look good when you are done with it.
a specific example, when I work on a figurative painting I have a habit of focusing
on one bottle, or rose, or rock at a time instead of seeing the painting as a whole. I have to correct this habit when painting figuratively. When
I paint more abstractly the problem is removed with the subject matter. The whole painting becomes the image, and I can play
with color, form and texture, action and stillness, transparency and solidity across and around the entire space.