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The Sargent Touch: How Small Businesses Can Embrace the Beauty in Imperfection

While watching a brief documentary on YouTube about painter John Singer Sargent (embedded below) I thought we could take a scenic detour into the captivating universe of art. Our focus will be on the brilliant masterpieces of Mr. Sargent, an extraordinary portrait painter who left an indelible mark on the art world. So how exactly can his artistic flair, ignite your small business's creativity and help you create your own unique masterpieces? Let's uncover some ideas and tips together inspired by Mr. Sargent!


John Singer Sargent: A Portrait of an Artist

john_singer_sargentTo understand the true genius of Sargent, we must first appreciate the artist himself. Born in Florence, Italy, to American parents, Sargent quickly gained fame as a portrait painter in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His talent for capturing the essence of his subjects was unparalleled, as he deftly employed color, light, and shadow to render lifelike images. 


The Sargent Technique: Seeing the Bigger Picture

One fascinating aspect of Sargent's work is that his paintings often appeared unimpressive and messy up close, but as you step back, the true beauty and mastery of his work emerge.  This approach to painting is a valuable lesson for small businesses: sometimes, it's essential to step back and see the bigger picture to truly appreciate your accomplishments.  

Keep in mind the importance of stepping back to see the bigger picture. Remember that your company is more than just the sum of its individual parts. It's a living, breathing entity that thrives on creativity, innovation, and the collective efforts of its team members.


"Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose": A Lesson in Patience and Persistence

One of Sargent's most famous paintings and my favorite, "Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose," beautifully illustrates the importance of patience and persistence. The artist labored over this piece for months, working only during the fleeting moments of twilight when the light was just right. He painstakingly composed each brushstroke, ensuring the delicate interplay of light and shadow was perfectly captured.

Small businesses can learn from Sargent's dedication and determination to create a true masterpiece. In today's fast-paced world, it's easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of deadlines and deliverables. But, like Sargent, it's crucial to take the time to work on your craft.  1280px-John_Singer_Sargent_-_Carnation,_Lily,_Lily,_Rose_-_Google_Art_Project

Embrace the Imperfections

Sargent's technique of painting seemingly messy brushstrokes up close teaches us that imperfections are often what makes a masterpiece.  His ability to combine these seemingly chaotic elements into a harmonious whole is a testament to his artistic genius. This idea is not only applicable to art but also to running a small business.

As a small business owner, it's important to recognize that not every aspect of your operation will be perfect or even close. It's going to be messy. Embrace imperfections and use them as opportunities to grow and improve. Instead of striving for a flawless outcome,  focus on creating a beautiful and cohesive whole that reflects the unique identity of your business.

Embrace the journey of creating your own business masterpiece. Cherish the moments of triumph and growth and learn from the challenges and setbacks. Remember, it's the imperfections, the messy brushstrokes, that make your business unique and memorable.

Collaboration: A Symphony of Colors


Sargent's masterpieces also teach us the importance of collaboration. He often worked with his subjects, discussing their ideas and incorporating their input into the final portrait. This collaborative spirit infused his work with authenticity and energy.  Listen to your customers. 


In the business world, collaboration is equally essential.  Encourage your team to share ideas, listen to feedback, and support each other in achieving the common goal.  By fostering a collaborative environment, you'll create a vibrant and dynamic workplace that nurtures innovation and creativity.

Paint Your Own Business Masterpiece

John Singer Sargent's extraordinary talent as a portrait painter can serve as a wellspring of inspiration for small businesses. His ability to transform seemingly messy brushstrokes into breathtaking works of art is a powerful reminder that beauty often lies in imperfection. By embracing the bigger picture, practicing patience and persistence, and fostering collaboration, you too can paint your own business masterpiece.

So, let us take a cue from John Singer Sargent and his magnificent masterpieces. As small business owners, let's strive to see our own creations through a different lens, appreciating the beauty that lies within the apparent chaos.

Next time you find yourself feeling overwhelmed or disheartened by the intricacies of running a small business think of John Singer Sargent and his ability to transform the seemingly unimpressive into the breathtaking. Draw inspiration from his dedication, determination, and artistic prowess, and use these qualities to guide your own entrepreneurial journey.

John Singer Sargent once said, "Every time I paint a portrait, I lose a friend." But for us, as small business owners, every time we paint our business masterpiece, we gain not only friends but also loyal customers, dedicated team members, and a sense of pride and accomplishment that will carry us forward in our entrepreneurial journey.

Ready to transform your small business into a captivating masterpiece? Reach out and let us help you unleash your creative potential. Contact us today and start your journey toward artistic success! Get in touch with Ready Steady now