”The seed of your next art work lies embedded in the imperfections of your current piece. Such imperfections (or mistakes, if you’re feeling particularly depressed about them today) are your guides — valuable, reliable, objective, non-judgmental guides — to matters you need to reconsider or develop further.”
— David Bayles and Ted Orland, Art and Fear.
Many of you know that I recently completed what I considered to be an amazing 3-day art class called “Abstracting the Figure” by David Limrite at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art. David offered a great balance of learning with motivation and inspiration. A great coach and mentor, he always asked the students first what we were thinking, feeling about our creation rather than immediately offering a suggestion. He encouraged us to be bold, to live outside of the box and to take the opportunity to try something that might be a little scary.
Some of his encouragement reminded me of others in my life who have taught me that “slower is faster” and “in the unknown, things come”. This weekend was a great reminder for me to slow down, enjoy the process, be a part of the process and not focus on the outcome.
For, it is within the process that growth occurs.