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I think errors are often unrecognized Acts of God, and should be used as opportunities for self transcendence.

Harmony: A sometimes aesthetically desirable state typically achieved by a recourse to entropy at the expense of energy. Making visual energy is often a function of edges. Edges permit interface of seemingly disparate visual systems; each with its own internal logic. The greater the local differences of systems the greater the energy produced.

Absent fashion and a parochial view of reality, ultimately everything goes with everything.

Abstract/Realism: A dichotomy which is an anachronism useful mainly to some historians as a classification device. In realism pictorial sub-systems always represent themselves first as formal elements (shapes, colors, etc.) In a visual matrix, and second, as likeness or memories of other systems or events.

What something is, is always more interesting than what something is about. Favor a direct experience of reality over a symbolic one.

My best ideas occur when in a state of flow and are a function of the unconscious mind taking over the role of the conscious mind. I used to do whatever I wanted; now I do whatever I'm told, working beyond "ideas" into an automatic stream of action.

Trust in the fruits of chance is necessary for the transcendence of self (intellect) in one's work.

For me, the process of painting does not become authentic until the drawing/plan has been violated by acquiescence to unconscious automatic decision making, and the positive embrace of error.

This process of change and development thru the acceptance of chance and error is loosely analogous to biological evolution, and with respect to my pattern of change, especially the "punctuated equilibrium" model put forth by Harvard palaeontologist Stephen Jay Gould.

Artist: George Green

Medium: Acrylic (Acrylic/Birch)

Dimensions: 43.5″ × 77″

Location: 4 floor, #81 on the map