The concept in the art world is that all one thing can be boring, and that even equal measures of two separate elements may not be that engaging. To create a work of art with a more satisfying sensibility you need a ratio of elements that is often less than equal.
For example, a great work of art may feature: a lot of warm color and a little bit of cool, a lot of light values and a little bit of dark, a lot of sharp edges and a little bit of softness.
Here’s how the principle could be applied outside the world of art to create a more satisfying balance in our everyday lives:
- If you find yourself swamped by a whole lot of work, even adding a little bit of play can shift the experience in a more satisfying direction.
- If your diet has you filling up on a ton of veggies, even adding an ounce of chocolate can sweeten the scene.
- If you’re heavily involved in other-care (whether children or elders) planning a personal ‘just for you’ adventure could improve your outlook.
- If you find yourself wholly office bound (suffering from filing cabinet fever), a coffee elsewhere with a client or colleague could lift your spirits just a little.
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This post was written by Pat Katz on March 12, 2014