The title says it all. The idea of perfection is an interesting one - it's always been something that I've had a back and forth with. To be completely honest, it's something that has been a huge frustration and has held me back in more ways than one, so you know what? I think it's finally time to say fuck off, perfection. You're not really wanted here.
It's taken me some time to come to the realization that striving for perfection, or something close to it, is a big ol' waste of time and frankly something that doesn't even truly exist. Duh, Brittany. But hey, sometimes you just need to really come to terms with things on your own and sometimes that means it takes you a long time and a lot of frustration to get to this point. I always thought that if I worked a certain way and really tried to make everything as precise as possible, that I could reach a certain level of perfect. I'm not even sure why I wanted to focus my efforts on that to begin with, but I'm in a place where this idea no longer interests me and I think it's safe to say that it will never interest me in the same way again.
So... I'm no longer interested in trying to control everything in my work and process, and if mistakes happen, so be it! If I'm being completely honest, I think mistakes in artwork make it more human. Maybe that doesn't make a lot of sense, but I've really come to love, dare I say it... imperfections. They almost give you a little connection to the person who had a hand in creating them and I'm all for it. With this change of heart and thinking, I will no longer fret over a drawing that I didn't perfectly cut down to 8" x 8". I will no longer stress over the little pieces of dust that still find their way in my nicely packaged shipments, even though I spent so much time trying to make sure all the freaking dust was gone! It's dust, Brittany, and it exists everywhere..ya gotta chill, girl. I will no longer question a drawing if some of the soft pastel travels to other portions. It actually looks cool, so go with it! I will just no longer allow the idea of making everything "perfect" get in my way.
I like to create work that makes me happy and hopefully makes others happy, and I know one thing for sure, I won't be happy if I'm constantly stressing over making things as perfect as I can. Nah, see ya later to that load of crap! Now let's have a good laugh about the stupid amount of time I gave trying to make things perfect ;) Onward and upward folks!
Last photo by Jen Brown Photography