I was looking to reduce the detail I’ve used in previous paintings, whilst allowing the mind of the person viewing the painting to fill in the detail for themselves.
This has been quite difficult for me to get my head around as I’m historically a ‘detail person’. It’s actually something I’ve been working on for a number of years…
“Good enough is good enough.”
What does that actually mean? All too often we are so focused on “getting it right” or “making sure it’s perfect” that we don’t actually get it out there.
It’s a form of procrastination. Maybe it’s tied to fear of failure or even fear of failure. After all, if we don’t finish it we don’t launch it and if we don’t show it to anyone, then we can’t fail.
A lot of my journey with painting over the last few months (as those of you who have been following will realise) has been about putting myself out there (being vulnerable) regardless.
The other day someone asked me what the biggest lesson has been through my painting. And for me it is that art/life is subjective. It really doesn’t matter what other people think, what their opinions are, whether they would or wouldn’t do something.
Yes, you can listen to their suggestions, you can listen to their “advice” but they are NOT you. Their journey will not have been the same. Their experience will not have been the same.
Ultimately, you have to make the decision for yourself, choose your own path and know that whatever you’re doing is right for you in that moment.
My art teachers opinion all those years ago… “You will never be any good at art!” I took that as truth, and it’s taken me this long to realise that it isn’t.
Is there such a thing as the perfect decision?
I believe there is. Every decision we make is perfect for that particular moment in our life with the knowledge experience and beliefs we hold in that moment. It is only with hindsight that we label something as a bad experience, but that hindsight wouldn’t of come without making the choice we did and then reflecting on it.
There is no point in trying to guess what the future will bring, nor in trying to guess what the outcome of a decision will truly mean.
Accept that good enough IS good enough, and get on with enjoying the things you can in life, rather than not making decisions because you’re afraid it might be the wrong one.
If you’re struggling and this post resonates with you, DM me.
With love xx
River Adventure is using layering and suggestions to create the overall impression.
Medium: Acrylic on 300gsm Aquafine Smooth Watercolour board
Width: 42 cm
Height: 29.7 cm
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