2.28.2006

Art & Perfectionism~

Words from "Art & Fear" by David Bayles and Ted Orland.

"The pattern is predictable: as you see error in what you have done, you steer your work toward what you imagine you can do perfectly. You cling ever more tightly to what you already know you can do - away from risk and exploration, and possibly further from the work of your heart. You find reasons to procrastinate, since to not work is to not make mistakes...

To demand perfection is to deny your ordinary (and universal) humanity, as though you would be better off without it...

The seed for your next art work lies embedded in imperfections of your current piece. Such imperfections...are your guides - valuable, reliable, objective, non-judgmental guides - to matters you need to reconsider or develop further. It is precisely this interaction between the ideal and the real that locks your art into the real world, and gives meaning to both."


I love this passage! Don't you!?
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