Surfaces, Brushes and Brush Strokes
A fundamental human trait, which all artists must understand and overcome, is the almost primeval desire, when presented with a brush full of paint, to keep painting until we have emptied the brush. This message is reinforced for me every time I watch my six year old daughter painting. She just cannot stop. No matter how hard I try to manipulate her by limiting her colours or only giving her small brushes, she ends up spreading all the paint I give her all over the paper surface until it is a mass of brown gunge. It's fine for her of course, she draws great pleasure from both the process and the result so no harm is done, but for me it is a different story.
To ensure that I am satisfied with my results I select my painting surface and brushes very carefully to make sure that the conscious me is in full control of where the paint goes.