A paradox? A paradox?

A paradox?
A paradox,
A most ingenious paradox!

We’ve quips and quibbles heard in flocks,
But none to beat this paradox!

A paradox,
a paradox,
A most ingenious paradox.
Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha,
This paradox.

Pirates of Penzance
Gilbert and  Sullivan

Creating art is not your everyday affair.  You have to take it seriously or you produce garbage.  But on the other hand if you treat your latest creation as a holy relic you will also produce crappola.  So your work has to have all your attention and be the most important thing in front of you and at the same time you have to be willing jump in and change it all around or even tear it up, casually, if it is going wrong.

You have to (try to) be honest with every brushstroke.  Some look great but are wrong for the painting.  So in spite of the individual beauty of a brushstroke you have to remove it to be honest to the whole.