the work i'm trying to do right now is a complete excerice in restraint. far too frequently i work on a painting and think i'm so close, nearly there....only to take it too far and ruin the piece. 

on a rare occasion, that mishap takes me to a new and interesting place. but more often, i end up just painting over it. 

i think about jazz musicians. miles davis. coltrane. dizzy. parker. they were perfect in their timing, in their ability to push push push only to stop just in time. before it's too late. 

i think about poets. who can create an entire mood from a single word or phrase. rain. bright. linear. love. there's no need for more, the magic is in the in between.

this is where i'm trying to go. i'm not sure how to get there though.