Children grow, hopefully mature by absorbing lessons learnt from parents, peers and environment until they reach the age of adulthood and by that time one assumes they will have the tools to travel life’s path. At least that’s the theory.
The reality is, we never stop learning, we are forever travelling picking our way through obstacles, celebrating the achievements, contemplating the errors, finding new paths which hopefully leads us to wherever or whatever we wish.
So too with Painting/Art/Dance/Music etc. It’s a magical journey of discovery where we start with an idea on which we build hoping to reach the Utopia of our chosen art form. What is Utopia? For the purposes of this blog, I went once again to Wikipedia which says “possessing highly desirable or near perfect qualities”. Many great artists be it in the field of Dance, Music, Paint etc achieve with many years of tuition and practice a highly desirable level of expertise, but, and there is always a but, near perfect qualities is not perfection.
Having spent most of my life in the art world, the one lesson I have learnt throughout is, artists need/desire perfection. Any thing less is not good enough. It is the ideal of perfection which compels them get up each day to enjoy the highs of achievement while making the mistakes from which they learn, growing and developing as characters in the world of Art.
My own path while completing the current series of dancers has been one of challenge, frustration and delight. I have enjoyed watching each canvas develop of its own accord, all the time frustrated because the development of an idea is not happening fast enough. Picking my way through these conundrums, has added spice to the excitement felt when I realised I had made a breakthrough in my latest painting on which I am still working. It hasn’t reached my perfection, its not even close, but it is definitely closer, encouragement enough to find new paths clearing the way to achieving my ultimate aim.