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Friday, May 21, 2010

Window in Watercolor and Good Mistakes

Still playing with watercolor...

A watercolor sketch I started yesterday and finished today. I can't decide if I like this or not. It didn't translate onto paper the way I had it pictured in my mind. I was thinking a little brighter/stronger colors, less fussy. But it was a good learning experience. I'm learning what I'm doing wrong and paying attention so that, next time, I can get a little closer to where I want to be.

In a conversation with Laure a couple of days ago we were talking about the feeling that every time you sit down to make art it has to come out perfect... or at least very good. We discussed how unrealistic that expectation is, and how it discourages instead of encourages us to make art. So I decided I'd see how many mistakes I could make- not deliberately, of course! - but just giving myself permission to turn out a less-than-perfect end result and room to experiment. If the experiment fails... so what? I have more paper and paint! So, I figure the more mistakes I make, the more I learn and the better artist I'll become. Bring on the Good Mistakes!
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