"Perfection," you're kind of a jerk.

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The title says it all. The idea of perfection is an interesting one - it's always been something that I've had a back and forth with. To be completely honest, it's something that has been a huge frustration and has held me back in more ways than one, so you know what? I think it's finally time to say fuck off, perfection. You're not really wanted here.

It's taken me some time to come to the realization that striving for perfection, or something close to it, is a big ol' waste of time and frankly something that doesn't even truly exist. Duh, Brittany. But hey, sometimes you just need to really come to terms with things on your own and sometimes that means it takes you a long time and a lot of frustration to get to this point. I always thought that if I worked a certain way and really tried to make everything as precise as possible, that I could reach a certain level of perfect. I'm not even sure why I wanted to focus my efforts on that to begin with, but I'm in a place where this idea no longer interests me and I think it's safe to say that it will never interest me in the same way again.

So... I'm no longer interested in trying to control everything in my work and process, and if mistakes happen, so be it! If I'm being completely honest, I think mistakes in artwork make it more human. Maybe that doesn't make a lot of sense, but I've really come to love, dare I say it... imperfections. They almost give you a little connection to the person who had a hand in creating them and I'm all for it. With this change of heart and thinking, I will no longer fret over a drawing that I didn't perfectly cut down to 8" x 8". I will no longer stress over the little pieces of dust that still find their way in my nicely packaged shipments, even though I spent so much time trying to make sure all the freaking dust was gone! It's dust, Brittany, and it exists everywhere..ya gotta chill, girl. I will no longer question a drawing if some of the soft pastel travels to other portions. It actually looks cool, so go with it! I will just no longer allow the idea of making everything "perfect" get in my way.

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I like to create work that makes me happy and hopefully makes others happy, and I know one thing for sure, I won't be happy if I'm constantly stressing over making things as perfect as I can. Nah, see ya later to that load of crap! Now let's have a good laugh about the stupid amount of time I gave trying to make things perfect ;) Onward and upward folks!

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Last photo by Jen Brown Photography

Figuring It Out

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After taking far too long of a break, I am finally back to making work again! After graduating I got into a rut of, "I must make money to survive so I guess I need to find a full-time job". This led to focusing all my efforts and time on this and not so much on my work. The lack of making started to really get to me and I slowly dove back into my practice. Is it completely where I want it to be at this point? No way, but it's getting there!

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Recently, I've made a switch to splitting my time between physical drawings and digital illustrations. I never really utilized digital aspects in my work before this year, but I have to admit, I really like it. It's fun to see the way my art changes based on the medium and there is definitely an interesting difference between the physical and digital.

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Now..onto the next chapter – opening an online shop. This has been something that I've considered doing for a very long time, but my nerves always held me back. I guess there was part of me (there still is) that is so nervous of how it will be perceived, but I've recently come to the conclusion that as long as what I'm creating is making me happy, then that's all that matters. So, here's to this new jump into a world I'm still learning so much about (who knew you can't just open a shop at the snap of a finger)! I'm excited to see what happens from here.

 

- Brittany