How To Prepare For Autumn Zen With Sprezzatura

How To Prepare For Autumn Zen is not a to-do list but a to-be state of mind. No instructions. No rules. Just a little autumn Haiku and sprezzatura. This image is a departure for me but its simplicity speaks volumes or not. I’ve been struggling with simplicity lately in my creative work. My mind wants empty white space, chanting less is more, less is more, less is more while my inner gypsy wants more. More jangly gold bracelets. More layers and flourishes with velvet skirts and over-stuffed ruffled edges. Writers edit for excess. Painters edit with color and form. Design of any kind is a Goldilocks balance of not too much, not too little but just right. We all know when it’s balanced because we don’t notice what’s wrong.

It appears effortless, a Sprezzatura, the art of making the difficult look easy.

We see it glossy magazines, on runways, book jacket design, a TED talk, on dinner plates and marvel at how simple, how deceptively simple well executed perfection is, when it is. We may even dare to think. I could that or it’s so simple, why didn’t I think of that? It’s not simple. The designer may have gone through hundreds of variations based on thousands of hours of experience to get it just right. We don’t see the sweat and agony of practice until blistered and bruised but only the bravura performance onstage or online.

The pared down to its essence, it’s core simplicity, of a haiku poem is Zen. In this case, nine simple words to describe an entire season. The more I look at the image, the more cluttered it feels. Okay, it’s back to the drawing board or a place of acceptance, a temporary truce.  It’s healthy to be Zen about it. There are enough tortured artists slitting their wrists over their aaaart.  Most creatives are satisfied in the short term, enough to get a piece of work out there but it’s temporary. Anyone truly creative will tweak until it’s showtime and then say they could do better, will do better even if they rocked it.

Who do you admire with spezzatura?


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2 thoughts on “How To Prepare For Autumn Zen With Sprezzatura

  1. My sister has it! She is 10 years younger than me, so she was still a little kid when I left home. Over the years, we did not see each other often. This last almost 2 weeks of living with her (and her hubby) I have discovered a wonderful woman whi I can relate to. And her sense of style is defined by spezzatura!
    Tell Merlin that I will be writing on his posts instead of Nellie,

  2. Love this concept! I once had a professor in architecture school who asked us to count the number of lines we used for drawing an interior atmosphere, and be as economic about it as possible, cutting it down to the essence… I failed miserably!

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