I was reading on one of the groups I belong to that a fellow artist was unhappy with something she had created. She felt it was better to leave it black and white and she had added color to it. She wanted to do it over and see if she liked it better. Another artist commented that there are no do-overs and that she needs to work on the color more or embrace what she has done and move on.
So what do I think about that whole conversation? Well.... I see the merit in what was discussed and I am kind of on the same page when it comes to the idea that you should "keep working on it". But there is a better way and it's something that I continually try to teach in my class.
A mistake is only an embellishment opportunity. (Now, everyone, come on and say it along with me.)
Technically there are no real mistakes in art, they are only learning experiences. If you don't like what you did don't stop and do it over ... KEEP GOING! Cover it up with something and move on. There are many times in the process of doing a piece of art that I am not happy with it. But I keep going because I trust myself to make the right decisions and that in the end it will look pretty. Mind you I didn't say it will look like what I had envisioned in the first place but I usually end up liking what I do. Don't sweat that it didn't come out exactly like you saw in your head. IT NEVER WILL!!! That's why artists keep making art. We are chasing that elusive picture in our mind and trying to create it on a piece of paper.
Here's what you can do to help yourself with being an artist (Not a crafter.) Keep an art journal. No... you don't write in it.... you do art in it. Try and do something every day or if you are busy do it once a week. Keep the journal as a place to try new techniques and make your mistakes there instead of the on the "real" piece of art. Don't worry about showing the journal to anyone because that is not the point. It is your "scrap" piece of paper to make sure the color is right or the technique has been practiced. I don't keep a journal but I am making one to start doing this very thing in. With that said whenever I make something using a technique that is new to me I do a sample first before I ever start the "real" piece of art. Yes I still make "mistakes" on my real art but I'm a really good embellisher and I have the supplies to prove it.
Please leave a comment on what you think about this subject. I look forward to our next little conversation. LOL!!!