i remember watching the Winter Olympics with my mom when i was a kid. She always marveled at how easy the figure skaters made their routines look. They never grimaced or showed any strain, no matter how impossible the jump or stunt. The seeming effortlessness was the amazing part. It was the idea that just because something looks simple, doesn’t mean it is. And it certainly doesn’t mean it isn’t beautiful. In fact, its the simplicity that MAKES it beautiful.
So i’ve been hearing mom’s voice echoing in my head lately as i’ve been challenging myself to embrace simplicity in my latest works.
Anyone who knows me can attest to the fact that i feel comfortable with detail…even to excess. i love filling a page with chaos & color, and making it appear harmonious. It’s like a puzzle. Super fun! But lately i’ve been increasingly drawn to more quiet and effortless (seeming) images.
i’ve been trying my hand at some. And you know what? To me, they are SO much more difficult to execute! Every line is more important. Every color choice is more significant. My editing eye is getting more of a workout than it ever has before. Learning to recognize when a piece is “finished” is becoming a new skill set for me.
And it has become a bit of a consuming zen practice for me to allow enough to be enough.
Take the artwork above. It was hard to “stop” because a part of me wondered if folks would be satisfied with it? Will they think it looks finished? Will they wonder why i’ve tried something so different? and be left wanting for more? i mean, we all want to be “more,” right? We all want to please the ones around us. We fear letting folks down.
But i’m testing out the waters anyway. Can’t be backing down from a personal challenge, now can i?
So i’ll extend MY challenge you SG readers. Be conscious today of times when you do more…just for the sake of doing more.
And see if you can stop yourself whenever you recognize that enough really is enough.