I received The Art Spirit by Robert Henri in the mail just now, opened the book and found this quote – which seems appropriate for what I have been doing in the studio this week:

Of course, on the other hand, we find among artists and art students many who, instead of thinking and searching order, dash at their works in a wild splashing frenzy, without reason, without an interest in finding the way, just wanting the goal, screaming and stamping their feet to get it – not interested in the process of getting it. Such as these, practicing in disorder, wear themselves out, destroy.
To study art is to study order, relative values, to get at fundamental constructive principles. It is the great study of the inside, not the outside of nature.”