We artists, strive for perfection. Do you? It is elusive. But…There are tiny domains of perfection that we can achieve.

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This image of Sierra Lake, a Utah area model, is perfect. Or it was at one time. There are many things I like about the image. Sierra did a fine job of modeling with me on this cloudy day. I love the out of focus boho background with weeds and graffiti paired with the perfection of her face and the casual calm of the pose.

As an artist, I don’t know if Sierra is or was satisfied with her work at the time…I know I was. It has been 2 or 3 years since this image was created and I still like it but perhaps there are little things I would do differently now.

Ron Aiden was my vocal jazz coach/professor in college. He had a saying that went like this, “We are happy to be where we are at, but we are not content to remain here.” Meaning that an artist should respect the journey and the accomplishment, but not become complacent and lazy in a stupor of contentment. We need to always strive and reach higher.

Merlin said — “The best thing for being sad," replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, "is to learn something. That's the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the only thing for you. Look what a lot of things there are to learn.” —T. H. White