Sometimes you just have to let go of what you think is right and do what you can. Today I made a list of all the things I wanted to accomplish in my five hour work day. Before I could even tackle the second task, my printer went down. I spent about an hour total trying to get it working again and talking to our IT guy. Needless to say this put quite a damper on my ‘To Do’ list. I improvised on a couple of things and in the end I made sure everything was done that needed to be. For some reason the universe felt the need to alter my plans according to its will. That’s just how it is sometimes and all we can do is accept it and move on. I find that when I am struggling to make things go my way according to what my ego thinks is ‘right’ is when I am the least creative. It is only when I am going with the flow that things feel right and my creativity blossoms.
I was thinking the other day about how I criticize my work. No matter how ‘good’ I think my work is I can always find room for improvement. What makes design and art ‘good’ depends on the opinion of the viewer and opinions are based on an enumerable number of variables. With this in mind can any design or work of art ever be complete or perfect? Would there not always be something that could be altered to make it better in someone else’s view? I think the only perfect design is found in nature, that is, all of nature. Why else would we struggle to mirror its beauty in our creations? This reminds me of a quote by Ambrose Bierce, “There is nothing new under the sun but there are lots of old things we don’t know.” I have come to realize from this line of thought that it is not the design that is important, but the intention behind it. Just because someone has ‘bad’ intentions that they want to manifest through their design work, does not mean that they cannot create wonderful design. However, I would rather create hideous design with the best of intentions that to have it any other way.
- Creative talks – Craig Oldham (cleardesigns.wordpress.com)
- Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) (euzicasa.wordpress.com)
- The New Devil’s Dictionary by Rhoda Koenig. Illustrations by Peter Breese (vulpeslibris.wordpress.com)
- Book Review: Ambrose Bierce’s Write it Right: The Celebrated Cynic’s Language Peeves Deciphered, Appraised, and Annotated for 21st-Century Readers by Jan Freeman (smcwrites.wordpress.com)
- A Wayfaring Stranger (beyondchaosmagick.wordpress.com)
- Pigs, Sausages & Litigation (magiccircleminx.com)
- Bombast #30 (sundancenow.com)
- On books: ‘Lost Photographs’ of a heroic trek (pbpulse.com)
- Soul Food for Friday: Keeping Anger under Control (richardburkey.wordpress.com)
- Airplane Reading (multoghost.wordpress.com)