“An artist never really finishes his work; he merely abandons it.” ~Paul Valéry
You could say I am a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to artwork. Looking back at my work over the past school year, I can’t say I felt completely finished with a project I was assigned in my 3-D art class. If there weren’t due dates or deadlines that I had to abide by I would still be working on them today. I was constantly in the workshop trying to spruce up a project and working on it until we had to present them for critique. But art is my passion and I will do just about anything to succeed.
This concept applies to my paintings as well. I work on a painting until it is just about finished, but I always find something that can be added or fixed in hopes of giving it that signature look I want it to have. Even though I only change minor details, things viewers may not have even noticed if I didn’t change them, I do it in search for that feeling of total completion.
I guess this quote helped me to understand that I may not be the only one who thinks this. Also, that I need to just let the little imperfections go sometimes. I am starting to accept that minor mistakes are what make my paintings unique. Instead of fixing them I should embrace the fact that not all artwork is perfect, and that’s exactly what makes it beautiful.