"It's the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen." John Wooden
My wife and I attended the "Friends And Family Night" for the "Spirit Of Harmony Chorus" last evening and have been doing so for several years now. It's a group of women from all walks of life that come together for the sheer joy of singing, but have also found themselves as regular competitors in national competitions and doing extremely well in the process.
Being in the audience for their "tune ups" for these competitions has allowed us to not only hear some outstanding music and voices, but also to see, hear and follow the evolution of their sound and choreography. In the opening comments by the director special emphasis was placed on the amount of time that all have spent in practice sessions, critique sessions, and individual preparations that blend together in the final outcome on "opening night". Believe me, the effort shows every time we see them and sitting in the audience is nothing short of awesome. It proves the John Wooden quote above that attending to little things can blossom into big outcomes.
Being a different sort of creative artist I am also aware of the time and effort the it takes to create my artistic outcomes and the image above is one of my efforts from a recent trip to the West Coast. In working through any editing process I am continually reminded of "the whole being a part of its sums". Little tweaks here to emphasize the touches of light or "brushes" there to bring forward an element like a waterfall is very similar to tweaks made to a voice, sculpture, pencil line and brush stroke. In fact these sorts of "tweaks toward perfection" are also applicable to life, jobs, relationships and so on.
In the case of the women in the chorus and many artists the tweaks are our inner voices challenging each of us to take another step forward in the betterment of our creative vision and ourselves. The result of our attention to details is our reward.
Thank you for visiting this site and join the Summerwind Gallery of artists for opening night on May 4, for the "Art Crawl" in Arnolds Park, Iowa.