30 Day Create Every Day Challenge – Is It Really a Mistake?

Meditation with healing mandalaThis is the watercolor painting I started playing with on Saturday.

Watercolor painting cut outThis cut out piece is what I have now.

I wanted to make the rocks more textured and laid several more layers of paint on them. They were looking pretty good but I wasn’t satisfied so I thought I’d add some black lines. This led to trying different crosshatching and squiggly lines. That led to way to much ink on one of the stones which I just couldn’t make look like I wanted.

I was bummed for about 2 seconds and then I thought – cut out the blue mandala to collage with. I tossed the rocks in the trash without any regret.

I’m digging deep into the concept of mistake with my business partner. We’re coming to the conclusion that mistakes are a naturally occurring part of the learning curve. The word originates from old Norse mistakato take in error. Usually when we make a mistake it doesn’t have anything to do with taking something.

I am appreciating my “mistakes” more these days because I know I will learn something valuable. My brain will have to get creative, form new thoughts, and come up with a way to “fix” what I’ve done. I’m going to go so far as to say, the more creative a person is, more mistakes will be made, and more ideas will spring from the solutions that is reached.

Lesson for today: Applaud mistakes. What do you think about the concept of mistake?

Published by Your Inner Art

Mixed Media and jewelry artist, author, and teacher. The creative process has carried me, taught me, and comforted me. I use art as income and therapy - it is my joy. This evolution has brought me to the Goddess path of wisdom and alchemy in my art and in my soul. Embodying the many facets of Goddess is a valuable tool in personal growth and self care. I provide encouragement, instructions, and what I have learned about the human experience. My books are: Creatively Through Cancer and Caring for Yourself the Creative Goddess Way. My jewelry is Goddess Adornment. My blog is how to use art as therapy and self care.

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