My artistic mentor and guru Kirby once told me it is not the things we do perfectly in any piece of artwork that make it successful. And it is not the incidental and accidental “mistakes” in any piece of artwork that make it unsuccessful. It is the interplay of the accidental and the purposeful, the combined working of the subconscious, the conscious, and the over conscious in any piece that make it a unified expression, a piece of art that is more than the sum of its parts. Kirby was and is a wise man.
It is not just in the arts that this is relevant. It is this interchange and interplay, this chaotic mix of the circle and the square, the mess and the order that makes life what it is. The ability to appreciate it all at any given moment, in part and as a whole, is what creates a beautiful life experience. You can’t let the pursuit of perfection keep you from living, keep you from creating, keep you from trying, or keep you from loving.
Beauty without imperfection is not beauty at all.
Eric in a Word: conbobberation
Book of the Day: Outliers- Malcolm Gladwell
Song of the Day: Handel - Serse "Ombra mai fu" - Lorraine Hunt-Lieberson
Sketch Medium: graphite, ink, coffee, tea, highlighter, white out on watercolor paper