To require perfection is to invite paralysis

New favorite quote: “To require perfection is to invite paralysis”, from Art and Fear: The Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking, by David Bayles and Ted Orlund.

Via Evelyn Rodríguez.

 

More here:

“To require perfection is to invite paralysis. The pattern is predictable: as you see error in what you have done, you steer your work toward what you imagine you can do perfectly. You cling ever more tightly to what you already know you can do – away from risk and exploration, and possibly further from the work of your heart. You find reasons to procrastinate, since to not work is to not make mistakes.”

“To the critic, art is a noun. To the artist, art is a verb.”

“Look at your work and it tells you how it is when you hold back or when you embrace. When you are lazy, your art is lazy; when you hold back, it holds back; when you hesitate, it stands there staring, hands in its pockets. But when you commit, it comes on like blazes.”

 

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