I am a consummate perfectionist and highly self reflective. There is absolutely no doubt that both of these terms are accurate descriptions of parts of my makeup. The combination of these two traits can be very rewarding when things are going favorably because I can take pride in doing things well, but this combination can be very destructive when things are not going well.
For the record – Things are going well.
However, I am working on embracing imperfections in life. I once believed that perfection was a very noble pursuit. Pursuing perfection, in my mind, meant that excellence was a logical outcome. I have learned that perfection is an illusive and unachievable goal.
This is part of why I started my 365 project over at Graphite and Ink. But I am finding it very difficult to embrace the imperfections of my art. Perhaps it’s because my memory is that I was a better artist when I was younger. I was – it was easier for me when I was young, but I was also practicing a lot more.
I’m ten days into the project. I’ve been faithful to post a single picture from the day on the site. I’m really enjoying it, and yet, my most recent post is highly disappointing to me.
Perhaps I just need to practice more.