Repetition as innovation?

Much as Ad's* painting was preplanned, he told me that he was freer than the abstract expressionists, who made a virtue of their freedom. "I'm free because I know exactly what I'm going to paint, and I'm going to paint it over and over." Ad went on:  "When you do the same thing over and over again, you can be spontaneous. I have a rigid formal process yet it is most spontaneous, more spontaneous than Pollock. De Kooning paints his ass off. I only paint when the spirit moves me. It's gentleman painting.

*Ad Reinhardt

Sandler, I. (2003). A Sweeper -Up After Artists. New York, NY: Thames and Hudson. p. 74