We artists are an interesting lot. Many artists wait for the fire to strike before laying the brush to canvas, but not all. Some of us plan our work in such detail the completed canvas is in our mind’s eye before we ever lay the brush to the canvas.
Either way, many of us wreck perfectly good clothing and sometimes perfectly good art when we walk by a “completed” canvas and see one small change we need to make before we walk out the door.
But any artist who has a substantial body of work is aware of the principal of imperfect action. It isn’t possible to develop a body of work if you always must be inspired, or if you always must have a completed plan. The muse is a fickle beast; and sometimes the most inspired work flows from doing without a plan.
If you wait for all the conditions to be perfect, you just never get anything done. It is far too easy to wait until you have the perfect mood, the perfect light, the perfect temperature, the perfect design, the perfect finances, the perfect place to hang, the perfect materials, the perfect muse, the perfect easel, the perfect chair, the perfect model, or the perfect reference, rather than taking the risk of creating something that is not perfect. If you never act to create something, there is nothing there to criticize.
But know this thing; you will never be the perfect person on the perfect day.
It is far better to put the time in developing your skills while you wait for the spark, rather than trying to figure how to do that when the muse is flitting about your head. It is far better to produce something, than to produce nothing because the plan was not perfect.
Imperfect action does not mean randomly throwing paint at the canvas-unless that is your thing-it means proceeding from your best principals and intentions even when conditions are not perfect. You put time into creating, even if you do not feel inspired and do not have a plan.
In the end, you may discover some of your best work, according to your patrons, did not arise from you being on the jazz or having the project laid out just so. In the end, you may discover, the more you spend time acting imperfectly, the easier it becomes. Finally, you may realize this lesson applies to many other aspects of life, not just art.
Sweet Little Nothing 3 is a small little painting that resulted from imperfect action. Find out more details and purchase it here.
Yours in Art
Jake, AZ Expressionist, Abstract & Fantasy Artist, AKAJake.com Come Experience the Art!
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