Pushing and Shoving
“If a thing is worth doing, it’s worth doing well.”
I envy people who can throw things together with great flair, but I’m not one of them. I need to experiment, nudge things around, walk away and come back and have another look, leave the room and walk back in to surprise myself and see if I really like it, seeing it as a stranger of sorts.
When my friend Patty had me come help her arrange things in her new house after her old house blew away in a tornado, she said, “I’m going to have to leave the room while you finish. It drives me crazy watching you fuss!” Ha!!! I always think of this every time I am pushing things this way and that.
I blame this on my mother. From the time I was little, we would wait until my dad went to bed and then rearrange the living room furniture. We’d sit with our backs against big heavy pieces like the piano and push with our legs and backs against the heavy beast to budge it without risking popping a muscle or tendon. Then we’d sit and survey our work, move one thing or another. I think my mom in this way made me a collage artist before I even knew the meaning of the word. It was performance art where we could actually walk around in the assemblage and tug it around.
When I work in the art studio, I usually work on 12 to 20 pieces at a time. I arrange them, then come back the next day and take out one thing, add another. Pieces can take a week to come out right or a year–or, after a year I sometimes take them all apart and start over. I don’t know why a piece finally feels right. I just know when it does.
Yes, when it comes to art, decorating or setting a table–I think “If a thing is worth doing, it’s worth doing well.”
The same goes for cooking! If it doesn’t taste right, I just start adding things until it tastes right. I like lots of flavor in a dish. Subtle just doesn’t do it for me in either decorating or cooking.
The Prompt: Do you have a favorite quote? Tell us what significance it has for you.