Art is Never Finished, Only Abandoned

NOV 8, 2020
Calling him a polymath is an understatement. I am still reading through the biography by Walter Isaacson.

Calling him my biggest inspiration is an understatement. That quote above defines how I perceive my work.

This is what I intend to learn from him over the remaining course of my life:

Let people say what they want to say, do what you believe needs to be done. Most limits we see or feel are only in our minds. If a person could be a sculptor, botanist, biologist, cartographer, painter, poet, writer, engineer, mathematician, geologist and more in just one lifetime, 500 years ago, you can be too. We just need to put in the work.

Work pays off, but you need to do a lot of it. Practice truly makes perfect, especially practice done to develop your craft. We have it easy if what we are solving, has been solved before. Imagine solving something for the first time in human history.

Work is never done. It’s a slow realization, but it’s changing how I think about my work,  my life, my art, and my peace. It is perpetually a work in progress. I design day in and day out. I am never fully satisfied with my work. I know it can always be made better. However, I have learned to ‘abandon’ it where it fulfils its purpose, and also satisfies my ego. I am getting better at detaching myself from both.