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Update: (im)Perfectionism, Painting, Font and Visual Thinking
"A Mixed Bag"
I got stuck writing about perfectionism. It’s laughable but I struggle with constructed narratives, high standards, fears, over-attention to detail, unrealistic expectations and negative emotions. To oversimplify it, there is no best, only preferences and someone’s ability to understand the work. For me, focusing on my process and my progress helps me avoid issues.
Another issue was that I wrote a bit ago about mistakes and errors and felt like I didn’t explain my thoughts accurately but Graeme Cole got it right. They obviously have spent a long time thinking about this matter and explain it perfectly.
I also appreciate that Graeme also talks about being an imperfectionist. If something is ever going to be perfect, it probably will never happen (*cough), so imperfectionism is a better route.
Click on their name above. I highly recommend it. Bravo.
I have been painting again at night with a new process (extensions from other processes) that is exciting to me. They are very textural (light plays a big part in these works and struggling how to document them), glossy, detailed, simple/complicated. I have started to write about the works and find it as important as the paintings. My goal is to have one thoughtful online gallery show by the end of the year.
In my other spare time, I am working on a CAD-inspired font that I started sketching in 2014 and kept picking it up without a lot of progress until now. Some ideas need time to grow and develop. Some things take time to see. Some things need time spent working on them, so you can see.
I recently discovered a book by Temple Grandin called Visual Thinking: The Hidden Gifts of People Who Think in Pictures, Patterns, and Abstractions. I am a quarter way through right now but it’s a synopsis on how I think, see and process information. It’s the first time I felt seen in my whole life.
Thanks for reading and more soon.
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