Reality is perfection. Nothing outdoes reality, warts and all. Ironically, the most perfect painting happens to be a photograph. Paintings are merely the result of (the intentional or unintentional) poor use of Photoshop (coupled with the use of an expensive and very good 3D printer). Photographs are very cheap illustrations, especially the digital kind; underlying the photograph is an illustration.
The discarded cigarette butt happens to be an artist too.
Halloween 1996. October 2022 at Sliema, Malta. Photograph by the author.