"Among those who study painting, some strive for an elaborate effect and others prefer the simple.Neither complexity in itself nor simplicity is enough.
Some aim to be deft, others to be laboriously careful.Neither dexterity nor conscientiousness is enough.
Some set great value on method, while others pride themselves on dispensing with method.To be without method is deplorable, but to depend entirely on method is worse.
You must learn first to observe the rules faithfully; afterwards, modify them according to your intelligence and capacity.The end of all method is to seem to have no method."
"...If you aim to dispense with method, learn method
...if you aim at facility, work hard
...If you aim for simplicity, master complexity."
Wang Gai, the Editor of the Mustard Seeds Garden Manual of Painting