Working on new Portals Textile Paintings
A friend of mine had an interesting observation after reading my blog post from yesterday, summarizing how I get so much done.
He said one of the important things I do is that I don’t get hung up on being perfect.
I had to think about it some but yes, this is definitely true. So an addendum to yesterday’s list of why I get so much done:
- Skipping Perfectionism – I don’t waste my time on the last 1% (or even 20% sometimes) of a project getting it absolutely perfect. In fact, when I find myself futzing over the last bits of a task or project, I know I’m procrastinating. Perfectionism is a nasty trap that I do my best to avoid.
Remarkable vs Perfect
As I noted in this blog post – The Opposite of Remarkable is Very Good – my goal is to achieve the remarkable – both in my art and the the workshops I teach.
The key is I understand the distinction between Remarkable and Perfect. They aren’t at all the same thing.
Being a perfectionist is a trap that keeps us from finishing. Setting unrealistically high standards isn’t healthy. It makes us feel like we are never good enough.
And it wastes time. So I skip it.
I can reach remarkable without being perfect.
What’s Going on in My Studio and Office
In the studio I’m making oodles of new small works that I plan to take to Baltimore for the ACC show. I’m working with my old hand painted and stamped fabric (see photo above) at the moment and have great fun with all the texture.
In the office I’m gearing up to start teaching again on January 6th so I’m dusting off my workshop websites, creating new content and getting excited anticipating interacting with students again. I’ve missed teaching the last few months.
I’m teaching 4 workshops this winter and 3 of the 4 are sold out. There is a still a bit of space remaining in Cutting and Piecing without a Ruler (a technique based workshop for quilt artists).
If you want to learn how to piece most anything – this is the workshop for you.
2 spaces remaining