What my art teacher taught me: Make Mistakes

I was reminded of this bit of wisdom by Jesse Breytenbach.

What my art teacher taught me: Make Mistakes.

When doing creative work – whether in the planning stages or in execution – don’t grip the steering wheel.  Hold on with your fingertips and guide the process, allowing unexpected things to happen. Skill is in recognising happy accidents and making the most of them.   A unexpected line may suggest  the curve of a back, the turning of a head in a way you could never knowingly have contrived.  Paint splatters, unexpected colour combinations – accidents can breathe life into your work.

My art teacher taught me: Make Mistakes

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kim
    May 31, 2008 @ 01:22:07

    I think it is true in art and in life. Don’t be afraid to take ‘the road less traveled.’ I find that slowing down and worrying more about the journey than the destination makes life so much more fun!

  2. Eliza
    May 31, 2008 @ 03:44:34

    Yes, mistakes can sometimes be serendipitous.

    Mostly though, they annoy the HELL out of me 🙂

  3. DC
    Jun 01, 2008 @ 20:14:01

    I think this lesson should apply to everything in life.

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