Illustration Friday: Imperfect

Africa USA Snowy White Egret, Threatened. Watercolor and watercolor pencils.

This weeks theme for Illustration Friday is Imperfect. I just finished this watercolor painting, and what has more imperfection than a watercolor painting… it’s part of watercolor’s innate nature. And the beauty of a watercolor painting is to get those imperfections to work for you! Below is Marilyn Monroe’s quote about imperfection, which I think is great! The quote was originally supplied by Susan Sorrell Hill who came up with the theme Imperfect, Thanks Susan.

“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” 
— Marilyn Monroe (Marilyn: Her Life in Her Own Words)

About Michelle Kogan Art, Illustration, & Writing

Michelle Kogan is an artist, illustrator, instructor, and writer, creating colorful allegorical figure, flora and fauna paintings and children's illustrations, which have a sensitivity to endangered species, and the environment. She is an art instructor at the Evanston Art Center and offers Plein Air Painting Workshops at nature venues in the Chicago area including the Lincoln Park Conservatory, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, and Lurie Gardens at Millennium Park. Visit her online Etsy Shop at: and her website:
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5 Responses to Illustration Friday: Imperfect

  1. TMartin says:

    Those “imperfections” are one of the things I really love about watercolors too. I think of it as “happy accidents” and texture–and am very interested in how to get those “accidents” to happen. Lovely lovely luminousness in this painting. I really like how every single part of this painting is filled with detail, which is all united the the lightness of the paper coming through the paint. Lovely!

  2. Ellen Livingston says:

    If this is an example of “imperfection” I would say it is perfection in that realm–I so enjoy the use of bright, exotic colors, and how one layer blends into the other. What a great combination of tropical images to wake me up on a cloudy Friday morning.

  3. David Kogan says:

    Beautiful use of color and detail lends a luminous, magical quality to your composition, adding more intrigue to its mystery, and prompting the viewer to ponder its secrets!

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