Perfectionism and Creativity
Perfectionism is boring. It's the story without the characters... all the flawed, refreshing noise that breathes life to the plot.
In art, is it important to know your tools and how they interact with the medium? Sure. Is it a practical step towards creative growth to fill your toolbox with established technique? You betcha. That's part of the process, ultimately, to learn the rules and when to break them. To refuse to be swallowed up by the extreme standards we set for ourselves. To acknowledge the "standard" and then dismiss it for a story a little more revealing.
Is perfectionism paralyzing your creative flow? Don't identify with the details, but with the the whole. What were you feeling when you began the project? How did that factor into the resultant work? Take a moment, and I admit this is difficult, but take a moment and really digest what your purpose was when creating that last imperfect piece.
Because it is imperfect.
And that's okay. Because it's also beautiful. And real. And complete. All things that represent a journey taken and finished. Each piece of art a page from our book.
Now how do you think a "perfect" story would read? I'm afraid I wouldn't know... as I've never been interested enough to read one. I'll stick with the stories full of characters a little crooked, and a lot more attractive.
5/2/2017 01:14:58 pm
So true, I have other people look at my work and love it and I look at it find the mistakes , I'm working on not criticizing or comparing my work with others it's so hard as I am a protectionist on what I do but , when it comes to others not, I can be my on worst enemy that way.
5/2/2017 04:51:35 pm
You asked about what I see in the picture you posted of the project you did and then answered your own question with every doubt and mistake worming its way into your esteem. I hit the floor. What I saw is everything I aspire to be, to make, to create, to imagine and do. I saw something I would be honored to own, show off and brag. I saw beauty created from a thought form, brought forth by energy, talent, and love, and presented to the rest of us for inspiration and to make the world just a tad more beautiful....mistakes indeed. It is what it is supposed to be. So there is a cyber-hug from me to you and I mean every word.
5/3/2017 07:42:28 pm
Thanks Nicole, for making me feel a lot better. I will say no more :)
8/1/2017 01:12:57 pm
Your so awesome! I for one, Just want to thank you!
2/7/2018 10:58:41 pm
I'm so glad you have your TREASURE HUNT each month. Not necessarily for the tutorial, but for 'making" me go look for it ... and re-reading many of your articles and blogs.
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