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Should We Redo Our Work Or Leave It As It Is? How Much Editing Is Too Much Editing?

This is the dilemma I've been facing lately. One of my art teachers told me that the hardest thing to learn when it comes to painting is knowing when to stop. I suppose that can be applied to life and blogging as well.  Knowing when to let go, when to pause, when to stop (and in case of blogging when to click the publish button) is an art in itself. Recently I've read one article that described our generation as generation of perfectionists. That particular article seemed to warn about perils of perfectionism. Some of us may wonder: 'Wait, how can perfectionism be bad?'  Shouldn't we always strive to be better? Still, one has to wonder how can we strive for the better if we are not sure what the better is. Sometimes we're clueless about what perfection should be, just because we're too busy chasing it. Chasing that elusive perfection, can make us forget that the definition of 'perfection' ultimately depends on our selves. We are the ones responsible for creation our own definition of perfection and this definition can be something always evolving, it doesn't have to be a rigid. 



Should We Redo Our Work Or Leave It As It Is? How Much Editing Is Too Much Editing?





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Should We Redo Our Work Or Leave It As It Is? How Much Editing Is Too Much Editing?





Should We Redo Our Work Or Leave It As It Is? How Much Editing Is Too Much Editing?


Should We Redo Our Work Or Leave It As It Is? How Much Editing Is Too Much Editing?





I've been revisiting and examining some of my old sketches, paintings and illustration lately. In some cases, I've been making some small corrections, like adding some finishing touches or making  small changes. When you learn and master some new drawing or painting technique, you're always tempted to use it all the time, perhaps even revisit old works and 'correct them'. This is not always the best idea. By 'correcting' our old works, we can end up ruining them. We can forget the moment that inspired them. Perhaps it could be argued that inspiration and originality should, at least sometimes, come before the technique? Once you repaint or redraw an illustration, there is no going back. However, that fragility can also be a source of admiration. It may be what draws me to paper art. Perhaps this fragility is precisely the beauty of art on paper for me (as opposed to digital art). You can always save a digital painting and if you don't like the changes, it's no problem. 





Should We Redo Our Work Or Leave It As It Is? How Much Editing Is Too Much Editing?

Should We Redo Our Work Or Leave It As It Is? How Much Editing Is Too Much Editing?



Should We Redo Our Work Or Leave It As It Is? How Much Editing Is Too Much Editing?

Should We Redo Our Work Or Leave It As It Is? How Much Editing Is Too Much Editing?





Should We Redo Our Work Or Leave It As It Is? How Much Editing Is Too Much Editing?




 Should we redo our work or leave it as it is? I suppose this is a very common dilemma, both with professional and amateur artists. The same dilemma can be applied to blogging. We all know we should edit our texts, but how much editing is too much editing? We have all probably read at least one 'How To Blog' article, but do we really need to follow all the rules? Naturally, a well and organized written post is preferable to one that is all over the place, but where should writing tips end and our style begin? Sometimes 'stream of consciousness' can be the perfect writing technique. Finding balance can be tricky. We're constantly bombard with what 'perfect' blog should look like. While there is nothing wrong with making our blogs more 'reader/user friendly', if all ones does is follow the rules for 'perfect blogging' one can forget the spark that made him/her want to blog in the first place.


Should We Redo Our Work Or Leave It As It Is? How Much Editing Is Too Much Editing?



So, what do you think? How much editing is too much editing? How to keep that spark that made us want to create things in the first place? Both when it comes to blogging and art, the magical spark ,that perhaps can be translated as the motivation to create, seems to be immensely important. Sometimes motivation is everything.  It is worth remembering that motivation can only come from us. Perfectionism can be our worst enemy. When you're not happy with something, take a breath, leave it be. You don't always have to redo everything. Sometimes it is best to start anew. It all depends on the situation. 



*All watercolour art and drawings shared are my own (most of it, if not all,  I had shared before but this is the first time I'm sharing a 'redo' version that includes small interventions with the markers). The red brooch is also my creation.









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  1. Wonderul post daring, so nice,
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  2. Your post was eye opening. I totally agree that balance is key. Thanks for sharing. :)

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  3. Posso dirti una cosa? persino Beethoven era sempre insoddisfatto delle sue composizioni e le rivedeva continuamente. E' sempre bene cercare di migliorarsi, sei un'artista ed è giusto che tu faccia le correzioni che ritieni più opportune!
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  4. Hello there Ivana, hope you're having a fantastic week and let me thank you again (I know sometimes I sound a little bit repetitive) but I really value your time and comments when it comes to have a feedback for my work on the blog and on Instagram. THANKS THANKS THANKS A LOT 💛

    And what an interesting topic to talk about, actually this is such a big discussion in the design/creative/art industry and I do not think it's something that can be fixed soon or have a definitive answer.

    Personally, I am not a big supporter of manipulating a lot of things or of over editing my works, unless the premise of the work demands it. But for example, with the photographs I always try to take them well from the beginning so that the result is more natural and save me a little work at the time of editing, but I would say that everything has to do what we want to achieve.

    And love all the illustrations you used to illustrate your article... PURE ART! Gonna stop by the other blog posts!

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  5. Guarda io mi ritengo una perfezionista ed ho sempre ritenuto che il prefezionismo in modo positivo dato che ci spinge a migliorare sempre: certo se poi sfocia nell'insicurezza è diverso, ma credo che in questo caso non si possa parlare di perfezionismo ma piuttosto di una sorta di paura di confrontarsi con le proprie capacità e con gli altri.
    insomma anche io vorrei che ogni cosa che faccio risultasse perfetta e cerco sempre di dare il massimo, ma se così non è amen, migliorerò la prossima volta.
    Quanto a rimetter mano su vecchi disegni, anche a me è capitato di farlo, ma non è una cosa che amo particolarmente fare, soprattutto se i disegni sono molto vecchi, non so, è come se partissero da una base "sbagliata" e le correzioni dovrebbero esser troppo profonde perchè il risultato possa venir bene ed omogeneo...
    Ciò non toglie che non trovo ci sia nulla di male nel farlo.
    Sempre belle le tue illustrazioni, ivana, mi piace soprattutto come abbini i colori! :)
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  6. Beautiful paintings

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  8. What a great collection of pictures! xx

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  9. This is indeed a dilemma when it comes to most sorts of creative works. The argument can really be made either way and you're right that striking that perfect balance can be tricky. It's gut thing for me. I would say to try to live a piece for awhile to see if your opinion changes before editing unless the urge to do so is just so strong that you can't live with it.

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  10. It's interesting what you say about how much to edit. I am actually incredibly sloppy about my posting and editing and tend to just get it published and not worry about it. If I see an embarrassing spelling mistake or grammar mistake etc, I will go back and correct it, but otherwise,let the show go on as they say!

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  11. Thanks a lot :D

    super interesting and great job as usual :D

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  12. for you too, my dear :D A lot of smiles!

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  13. As usual very interesting) thanks a lot for sharing)

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  14. I really enjoyed your art so thanks for sharing it! I think about this subject quite a lot as I am sometimes and in some cases a perfectionist. I do re-work old art, sometimes I change it radically and other times just add a dab or two. I think that most of the time I'm happy about it though once or twice I've regretted it. I worry and fuss rather endlessly over my fiction and poetry writing but my blog posts get one or two edits and then I let go. My partner often helps with the proofreading and he tends to want to formalise my writing style but I usually resist. :-)

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