I’m currently learning to undo perfectionism. I want to erase it from my dictionary.
Sure, perfectionism may sound like an ideal to strive for, but that’s far from the truth. Perfectionism leaves you little room to grow.
True perfection is in progress.
Something ironic about being a perfectionist, is also being into art. Art is one of the furthest things from ‘perfect’. It’s a process of mess, chaos, blood, sweat and… tears. OK maybe not tears.
Learning to paint has forced me to look at myself in a different way.
I’ve tried to make it a point to practice painting more often. Not only digitally, but also refining my techniques traditionally as well. As much as I love it, it can be frustrating.
This is the first time I’m posting a piece I’m not too proud of. Usually I would throw it away without hesitation. However, that would defeat the whole purpose of this blog LOL
I feel that as painters/artists/creatives… as PEOPLE, a lot of the time we spend criticising ourselves and comparing our own works to others. More often than not, it’s usually in quite an unhealthy manner.
One thing I struggle with is painting clouds and oceans. Digitally, it’s fine because I can take my time. Blending is easier because hey! unlike normal paint, anything done on Photoshop can’t dry up. My cursor is able to produce lines to the point, unlike a brush. There’s precision. It’s clean and efficient. Right now I’m trying to push myself and work on replicating it traditionally with ease as well. (I plan on redoing the above painting again anyway)
The works we see walking into museums or galleries are immaculate. Behind these pieces are hours of work, of refining, of learning. Art is a wild ride. It’s about learning not to skip all the steps in-between to reach the final product, because every one of them is important in shaping our character.
I’m pushing myself to love the process. To not only create, but also document. Sometimes I forget how much I’ve improved from when I first started. Honestly, it can only get better from here.
If you’re reading this, would you agree with me? What’s your own journey like? ❤