The Paradox of Painting [comic]


A wise man once said, “Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” However, that is easier said than done, especially when it’s a painter dealing with a piece of artwork. Whether it be a world famous artist or preschool art class, we struggle to get that picture just right. Sometimes it comes out the way we imagine, other times it comes out looking like a kerfuffled mess. That is the paradox of painting: the harder you try, the worse it comes out. The two are inversely proportional. In the mind, we could imagine the most beautiful piece of artwork, but the hands just don’t cooperate, marring the image of perfection the brain projected. This comic illustrates the concentration, determination, and frustration of getting a painting just right, only to have it fall apart into a blob of color.

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