It has taken me awhile to wrap my mind around this thought from Wolf Kahn:
"Aiming is wrong. If you know ahead of time what you are doing it won't be good. You need to surprise yourself. "
He went on to share a story about a pitcher from the Astros baseball team who had bought a painting of his. "We got to talking and he had questions about my painting process. He said it was just like his process. He said that he trains, but can't plan his game ahead of time. He can't aim too much or the batter will know what he is going to do. He just has to have a general idea about where he wants the ball to go. Then he uses his full strength and lets go."
All the pitcher/artist's training and practice pays off, but he/she lets go. Trust.
This a retro fave post with a new painting. It is the Potomac river, early morning, overcast. it was done in the studio with this (below) painting for reference.