I have decided for a while to separate the "what" from the "how" of painting. The "what" will always lurk not far beneath the surface for me, but the "how" - well that is different. I have come to the conclusion that you can stare and stare at a person's work until you are blue in the face but until you come to copy it directly you will never understand how they painted it. The self-delusion is that through the staring you have begun to feel so intimate with it that you feel you "instinctively" know how he/she did that. But believe me, until you try it, you don't. Reflection and introspection is one thing -- doing is another. It is not that you want to be that person but it is that the way they apply paint has become seductive to you. There must be a reason for that. I have said in the past that just because you like the way someone applies paint does not mean you have to also paint that way but it does mean that something in your subconscious is responding to something that was perhaps in theirs. We are all many people inside ourselves. And so we have to pay attention to that.