So much depends upon a red wheelbarrow, glazed with rain water. wrote William Carlos Williams and so it does.
Here is Francis Bacon writing on Matthew Smith:
He seems to me to be attempting to make the idea and the technique inseparable. Painting in this sense tends towards a complete interlocking of image and paint, so that the image is the paint and vice versa. Here the brush stroke creates the form and does not merely fill it in. Consequently every movement of the brush alters the shape and implications of the image. That is why painting is a mysterious and continuous struggle with chance - mysterious because the very substance of the paint, when used in this way, can make such a direct assault upon the nervous system; continuous because the medium is so fluid and subtle that every change that is made loses what is already there in the hope of making a fresh gain.
It is sometimes hard for non painters to realize how much energy and thought can be poured into a small area of canvas but that is where painters attentions are focused and where their thoughts and gestures contact the canvas and where emotion and intuition meet, where confrontation with the imperfect resides.
Back to painting out of doors.