Maybe the Mona Lisa Isn’t Finished
Maybe the Mona Lisa isn’t finished. I have an idea. Let's find the best living artist to add some flair. Touch it up. Put a bird on it.
Would that make it better? Does even the thought that maybe it’s not done enhance your appreciation of it? Or does this idea make you nauseous?
Musicians sample from other great songs endlessly. Sometimes, the results are mashups and remixes that sound quite good. They don’t make the original any worse; they just build upon a foundation to make something else that’s beautiful.
What’s beautiful is usually what’s not done yet.
Something is only done when you're ready to walk away, when you say it's over. Otherwise, keep painting something beautiful. Your masterpiece is waiting for you to get to work.