There are advantages to seeing less detail in one's model. (A happy fact when I think of my weakened vision) While painting at a harbor today, I reverted to discerning minute nuances in color and objective texture and tried to emulate their appearance and at the same time, tried to not have such attention to detail distract from the powerful clarity that comes from important, simplified essences . I recall Neil Welliver saying that he wasn't thinking profound thoughts while out there in the Maine woods. He was saying to himself.....Is that, that? In other words, does what he applied to the canvas look like the thing he's looking at? And with Welliver that was very specific as in a rock,a tree, or a rivulet of water. Of course, when one thinks of Titian's answer to; "Is that, that?" the result of painting out the anwwer to that question is quite different. Just how much reduction of specific visual information is required for a painting to project an authentic appearance. Another short hand painter comes to my mind. Lois Dodd is a master at finding clear nad dynamic shapes and colors to represent "nature". It's as though she sees in complete harmony with her way (dare I say, method) of making a painting. For some painters the process might be the complete reverse of Dodd's means. That is,for some, the model is dictating the way the painting is being made. But without transposing what the model looks like into the way one has found to see by your own way of painting, one is at the mercy of painful questioning at every stroke and color: still seeking one's way of making sense of all that vast information that presents itself. In the beginning paragraph, I said "reverted to discerning minute details" today because the results caused me to recall how much I don't like those results just as I had felt years ago. I'm doing a series of small landscapes and have not yet found the right attitude toward essential information. No more, no less. And of course, some of this interest is due to my moderate current vision maladies and thoughts about what the future holds in that area. Here's a painting that Barbara Major-Weaver has done that, to me, represents a good combination of essence and detail. She finished it today.