“Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it.”
In 1904 in Catalonia, Spain, a baby boy was born. His parents named him Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech. (I recall chuckling during art school as my friends and I made up our own “long” names for each other.) Salvador Dalí became known as a prominent Spanish surrealist.
When I was studying Dalí in art school, Salvador Dalí turned my thinking around. He was the first artist I seemed to connect with who didn’t create representational art – his style was wacky, at time funny, at other times profound.
Dalí somehow made me see that I had to find out who I am as an artist; I may or may not be like any other artist who’s ever existed – he certainly wasn’t! He went his own way, no matter what anyone thought. So my style, too, will be my own, and I needed to give myself time to develop it.
That journey has taken a lifetime – and is not over yet! My journey in watercolor only began a few years ago, and no matter how many classes I take, I continue to evolve. I don’t have just one style – I paint as I feel at the time. Sometimes it’s tight and controlled, other times loose and flowing. I may be in my 90s before I settle on something…and that’s ok with me. Hopefully it’s ok with students learning in classes here!
Perfection, as Dalí said, is not the goal. It’ll only make us frustrated to expect it. What matters is the process, the creating, the doing. The learning. The constant and continual learning!