I'm sharing with you the artist statement that set off the last perfectionism crisis. That sounds like a negative, but it was a powerful and positive experience.The first time it started to come together I was so excited I was shaking, and when I got close to the end, I cried. Seemingly random elements all had a reason. It validated my work for me and clarified where where I want my art to go. It was my lack of patience, wanting to be at my vision right now that was the real problem.
"My paintings tell the story of our journey through an internal landscape with the human as the subject and the landscape as metaphor.
Trees offer sanctuary. They have a complex system of roots that keep them nourished and grounded. Set as the destination, they illustrate moving toward our intentions and looking for a haven.
This takes effort, even struggle and that is why three is chosen. Three is at once tension and resolution.
The square is a symbol for stability and mortality. I've used it to show what we count on for guidance during our journey and as a reminder to search out the extraordinary."
I may end the last sentence with something simpler, like "live with purpose" so there may still be some tweaking, but that's one thing I like about the statement. Alyson Stanfield said in I'd Rather Be in the Studio that the statement should be "organic." That means it doesn't have to be perfect, or set in stone and that it's good to change it. I like that. Both the statement and art are a work in progress.
The above painting was fun. It's my 'make a mess, do what I want, this isn't going in the show' painting. A big help with the perfectionism roller coaster was to figure out what my bad habits are. The top worst habit is finishing a piece up to 95% done, then leaving it. Just knowing that I do that has been a big help and I'm enjoying my work again. Two more of my favorite posts that I've read that have practical help with perfectionism are Art Propelled's post on Anahata Katkin's "Five Stages of Creative Expansion" and Creative Every Day's post "Do Art Not Dishes-How to Stop Avoiding Your Art Supplies in Four Steps."