When an artist has the courage to paint ’em the way he sees ’em, it makes me laugh.
Painting appears to be a strenuous exercise in problem solving, involving both seeing things as they really are and knowing how to trick the eye into seeing what we think should be there.
Artists have the responsibility to be specifically, purposefully, and consistently deliberate in what to place, where, in a painting. Stand in front of a tree and note how it relates to whatever is behind it. Now step ten feet to the right. The scene has changed. Several steps in the other direction? You get the idea.
What to paint? And what to merely suggest with a swish and a flick?