James Brooks, at seventy-seven a dean of the [abstract expressionist art] movement, described in conversation with me the ideal set of mind for a painter who wishes to link his or her hands to the unconscious, as [Jackson] Pollock did: ‘I must lay on the first stoke of paint. After that, I insist that the canvas do at least half the work.
Kurt Vonnegut, Fates Worse Than Death
I sometimes think this process is quite true, though it takes a great deal of practice to arrive at this method—and technique. Years must be spent, I believe, on technique, before allowing the technique to flourish on its own, before intuition can safely take over in an uninhibited manner.
Starting is always the hard part and, for me, ideas don’t always come fast. But sometimes after having made the first stroke of sound, the ideas do flow.