Periodically I mull this over and look at how past artists found resolution; usually surrealists and abstract expressionists. This week I started looking at Zen paintings and reading excerpts from The Formless Self (Joan Stambaugh):
It is always the Formless Self that is, on each and every occasion, the creative subject expressing itself.
...that which paints is that which is painted: that which is painted is that which paints.
Kasumi Bunsho is one of my favorite Zen artists. He is fairly recent - having died in the 1990's at the age of 93 - and was an abbot in Kyoto. The brush marks look like they are about run off the paper- playing around like little animals. I keep on personifying each drip and curve - I especially love the little bastard monkeys. And the giraffe thing on the top of the last image.