1904 - 1989
Are you a perfectionist when it comes to your art? Are you obsessed with crossing every T and dotting every I? During much of my life I have been a perfectionist and there are still moments when perfectionism will raise its ugly head. The older I get the more mellow I become. I don't have as much need to be sure that everything is perfect.
Where does perfectionism come from? I think it comes from the need and desire to please others. We don't want to disappoint those we love. We fear if we make a mistake we might lose the love of others.
Learn to let go of your desire to be perfect, because as Salvador Dali says: "you'll never reach it." Learn to accept imperfection. Imperfection has its own beauty. Everything in this world is flawed. Nothing is perfect or permanent. Mistakes are okay. Failure is a chance to begin again.