To all enthusiastic students, whose efforts, failures, and victories I applaud. “Don’t be shy with the paint,” my grandmother used to tell me. After so many years of trying to figure it out on my own, and a couple of years of studying with a few great painters, I believe her advice is as strong as the day she gave it to me. Don’t be shy with it. Let it excite you like your first taste of love, lust after it like something forbidden. Play with it like a home science kit, and respect it like Mother Nature. You will figure it out. And it will help you figure yourself out.