I live in a city that lacks subtlety. It’s not just a quantity over quality issue. It’s deeper than that. If something tastes good, they’ll add more sauce. If a new restaurant does well, they add 10 more around the city overnight. (We have 31 Taqueria Jalisco’s in a town of less than 300,000.)
The problem is, people don’t know when to stop. Something is good. So they assume it will be better if they double it. Unfortunately, that’s not how art works. Too much of a good thing is a bad thing.
Great art has layers of subtlety to it. There’s an obvious face value to the art. But as you explore it further you unpack deeper layers. Subtlety keeps your audience interested. Subtlety keeps your audience from getting sick of your work.
As creators, we need to be masters of knowing when to stop. We can’t over-good our creations. If we do, we ruin it and kill the subtlety.
How can you infuse more subtlety into your work?