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Re: [teacherartexchange] debilitating perfectionism


From: Diane C. Gregory (dianegregory_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Jul 07 2006 - 09:03:36 PDT

Very well said Harold!

Quoting Harold Olejarz <>:
> Hi,
> Many years ao there was  cult movie called El Topo. It was by a
> Spanish Director/Actor/Writer whose name I wont try to spell.
> One of the characters in the movie spent all of his time building
> complex geometric forms out of small sticks. At one point the man
> realizes that "Too much perfection is a curse."
> I continue to remember that line. In art and in life one needs to
> stive for excellence and never be afraid to revise and correct but be
> aware of the point when it is time to move on.
> In my own art when I reach that point with one piece I tell myself
> that the next piece will be better. With my students I try to push
> them to do better but when I sense that they can't go any further I
> stop pushing and encourage them to move on.
> --
> Harold
> Harold Olejarz
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