Sunday, April 10, 2011

Quantity over Quality, Process is Progress

Shell With Bits (c)2011 Dora Sislian Themelis
 8x12 Watercolor on Arches paper
Adding to the latest mantra, which for some time was: It's the Process! Now I'm saying to myself: Quantity over Quality. Yes, don't worry over what the outcome is, just keep moving. It's a good idea.

Over at the 100 Paintings Challenge, of which this is #12, the host Laure Ferlita, sent out an email recently. It seems some of us in the challenge have begun to discuss the good and the bad of our work in our blurbs. In other words, we are judging individual paintings rather than critiquing a good number of them as a whole.

Instead of pointing out the faults of each piece, just paint and forget about it. Finish one work, put it away, and begin the next.

That made sense to me, as I always prop up my work and look at it as I walk by during my day. Since Laure's message, I have put my challenge paintings in a pile. I will take them out and look at them when I hit twenty five. Will I see changes by then? Maybe.

Really, the idea of quantity over quality is similar to process. The point is to paint, and keep painting. Progress comes in degrees and over time. For me, the progress is I'm painting regularly. Even if it means twenty minutes at a time. This painting was done in twenty minutes. Progress means I have my tools out and available to use when I find the time.

If I can use those twenty minutes this wisely every day, I am way ahead.


  1. Dear Dora,
    GO FOR IT!! I started skethcing seriously 5ys ago and till now. When I look back more than 30cm(=12Inch)piled papers(*first, I used both sides of copy save money), surely, progress is there.
    Just have fun, Dora and keep up.
    Best wishes, Sadami

  2. Sadami, you are so right. Progress comes after continued working, so I just have to keep going. Thank you!


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