From Jasper Johns:
"How do you work on a painting?"

"Well, I begin at the beginning, and go on from there."

Once I drove him from his house at Stony Point into New York City. We were going to some destination I did not know. I asked him how to get there. "Well, I'm not sure, I'll know when I see it, as we go."

We drove for a while longer, crossing the George Washington Bride. I asked again. Well, I don't know. Turn right here, and we'll figure out the rest later."

I became frustrated. I like to know where I am going, I like to plan ahead. He stays firmly in the present: we are going down this street now, and when we get to the end, we will decide which way to turn, and having decided that, we will wait until it is time to make another decision.

We chatted about his family; he was relaxed, I was going crazy. But we finally arrived. We began at the beginning and went on from there.