“Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.”
This face is hiding amidst my journal pages–a practice piece. She looks worried…or sad…her eyes a bit glossy. Has she been crying? This is not a perfectly drawn or crafted portrait. With that, she conveys something, doesn’t she?
Several years ago, one of my younger sisters held her wedding in Lake Tahoe. As many of the eight siblings as could get there, gathered with the newlyweds to celebrate. When she and her new husband were leaving the celebratory party we had staged, as they were getting into the elevator, her new husband made a comment about my sister not being perfect. His comment came across as derogatory. I looked at him and I said, “She’s the perfect Robin (her name).” Isn’t that what any one of us can aspire to be…the perfect you or me? Or him or her?
How does one even establish a standard for PERFECTION? It seems that we need to measure it against something that’s been confirmed–(the highest score) or someone else (a society’s idea of beauty)? So to describe perfection, we make a comparison. In science, that might work. But in a world of variety, diversity, melange–in the sheer array of humans on the planet, how can one even begin to establish a standard of perfection? If we consider that perfection is overrated or invalid, what can we strive for?
Ah, to be you and me, each in his/her own wholeness, what greater thing to design for yourself!
When making art, there is the artist, the substrate, the paint, the brush and what begs to be expressed through the artist. Art is one avenue to express the emotions that want to run away with you. And there are so many deeply felt emotions during these days of pandemic. An artist is able to transmute a deeply felt emotion into a creative action through making art. The chemical response in your body as you make art is felt. Try it, don’t take my word for it! And please do forget perfection.
“Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.”