|Window Shade 7x5 plein air oil study on canvas panel.|
Salvador Dalí said, "Have no fear of perfection-you'll never reach it".
When you read it, or even say it out loud it's just so simple, there is nothing to fear. However, we've all been told to not be afraid of the boogeyman because he doesn't exist, yet we still hear those bumps in the night and the strange things that make the hair on the back of your neck stand up. If that's not the boogeyman, what is it?
Even though Dalí makes a very valid point I have to ask, if we're not trying to achieve perfection what is our goal? Perhaps it's the word perfection that we just need not be afraid of because it seems like everyone's definition of perfect is different. When I read Dalí's quote that's what I take from it. This "perfection" we seek may not be perfect for everyone so there is no way to reach it.
Going back to the question, what is the goal? If we're not looking to paint something perfect what should we be aiming for? This one's on you. Me, I personally decided that my goal, what I'm aiming for when I begin a painting is to be happy with the end result. It may not be perfect, may not be what I had envisioned, but am I happy with the end result? If I'm unhappy I must make sure I achieved my second goal, did I learn something from this venture? If I'm not happy and I learned nothing, then I failed.