As we approach Clayathon, a question comes to mind, which is this:
When is good enough good enough?
I think this question is applicable in many aspects of life, and the answer is (obviously) situationally dependent.
There will always be something potentially better out there. A bigger house, a nicer car, a better cocktail. But that potential shouldn’t detract from the fact that the house that I live in right now, and the car that I currently drive (I do love my little car!), and the cocktail that I have in hand really are good enough.
But with regard to Clayathon….when, in the creative process, do you say “Stop!”? When is it done, with that extra step not to be taken, that extra embellishment not to be added? When is it good enough? For some perspective on how to answer that question, I turn to some quotes from the inimitable Coco Chanel:
Fashion fades, only style remains the same.
Adornment, what a science!
Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.
Fashion is architecture. It is a matter of proportions.
Before you head out the door, take one thing off. (No, not your underwear!)
Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.
Just something to mull over as you contemplate the creative process…..