As I travel around the country conducting workshops I too often hear people discussing “the politics of painting”. These subjects are generally about ideas that have very little to do with making art, rather they are personally held beliefs that eat up more time and energy than they deserve. Subjects like opaque vs. transparent, to use or not use black or white pigments, glass vs. no glass, that galleries have a prejudice against watercolor, and second guessing judges as to why they chose “those” paintings for awards. I am never quite sure what these conversations are about and to what end. I do know that our energies would be better used in the making art rather than talking about someone else makes their art. In college I remember being an expert at procrastination. I would do almost anything to avoid the scary prospect of coming face to face with that white canvas or even worse that half finished canvas. Rather than paint I one time helped a friend put a new transmission in a 1956 Chevy—I had and have no interest in working on cars, but anything to keep from painting. I guess most of us want to be right. There are those who would prefer arguing a point with another person over doing the lonely job of introspection required in the making of art.