Painting, to me, is very much like playing poker. Besides the obvious risk and touch of insanity involved in participating in either behavior, they each share a careful and conscious combination of luck and timing. Happenstance and surprise sit shoulder to shoulder with experience and instinct. Both poker and painting require a keen intuition and an elusive and ever changing search for hidden information and invisible numbers. In the game of poker though, the numbers are usually revealed in the end and winners cannot be debated. In a painting numbers serve invisibly as a structure for composition. Proportion, balance, and surprise, not to mention stripes and pokadots, are all elements that are present in the deliciously hidden agenda of the mathematics that hold together a work of art.
Another time I will explain how painting is exactly like ping pong.