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