Wednesday, October 1, 2014

CAED Day 20: The Art Of Progress

Chalkboard Mural In Progress

One of the many things I am learning through this blogging challenge is that while I may create art every day, I don't always complete art every day.  I keep planning posts with the expectation that I will be finished with one project or another but things always insist on taking longer than I think they should.

That fact can be really frustrating at times but today, when I realized I wasn't going to be able to finish the chalkboard mural I've been working on in time to share it with you here today, I found myself remembering the recovering perfectionist's mantra: progress, not perfection.

A Little More Progress

Progress, not perfection!  Wow, what a concept, I thought.  You mean I can actually focus on what I'm getting done rather than what I haven't completed?  Is it true that I'm allowed to enjoy the process of creating rather than rush to get something done to meet the arbitrary deadline I made up in my head that no one is holding me to but me?

I took a deep, cleansing breath and decided that yes, it is true. 

Still More Progress

Drawing on my chalkboard was so much more enjoyable after that.  I'm actually looking forward to working on it some more tomorrow if I have time and the day after that if I need to.  As long as it takes because it's progress, not perfection that matters.

All I Could Get Done Today (I will update with a final photo when I'm done.)

Update 10/7/2014:

Here is a photo of the finished mural:

Autumn Leaves Mural

"Rooted" Tree Goddess Art Canvas Prints
"Rooted" Tree Goddess Art Canvas Prints by Victoriart
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  1. I'm looking forward to seeing your finished chalkboard - whenever you get around to finishing it!!!! :D

  2. Oh, I can so relate as I am guilty of the self-imposed deadlines & expectations. It doesn't help that I'm also guilty of compiling to do lists that can't be fully accomplished in the time I allot. When will I ever learn?! Progress, progress, progress...

    1. Yes, I have been known to torture myself with massive to do lists as well. We will learn, just not on our schedule! :)