In painting, I don’t want to know what will happen, how it will turn out, ahead of time. I want to be surprised and delighted and I keep changing things until I come to that place. It is about “following the paint” in my way of thinking. Francis Bacon sometimes would take a blob of paint and throw it on the canvas to “get something going”. Once I saw a video of Salvador Dali painting. He made a random mark and built a beautiful portrait based on it as the starting point, one thing leading to another. As I remember, the “random mark” became an eyebrow.
This approach to painting relies on imagination, experience, and confidence. The painter has to believe he or she will find a way “out of the woods” because a serious part of the journey involves being lost.