I don’t want to be interesting. I want to be good.
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Love this quote, but if we are good then are we not indeed interesting?
Andy Warhol is quoted saying “I’m afraid if you look at a thing long enough, it loses all its interest.” Interesting comment, but not sure I do agree with this one.
I would agree that staring at a soup can would not be interesting to me, but staring at a beautiful sunrise would never lose interest to me.
What are your thoughts?
Malcolm Gladwell wrote that it takes at least 10,000 hours to be good at anything.
Yesterday in my painting class I worked all day on a painting of the Bloedel Reserve. I had taken in five photographs to choose from and discussed which one to paint with my instructor. She helped me select a photo that was far from my first choice.
Mid day I was doing well, but by the end of the day the painting was not working. I had wished I had selected another photograph to paint. As the day ended, she commented that I select lonely looking photographs to paint, then have a hard time with them.
Perhaps I should listen to my inner spirit and select the photograph I love, not the one someone else thinks would work.
What do you think? What works best for you?