There Are No Mistakes in ART!

Painting, drawing, music…it doesn’t matter what the art form is. What many have considered to be “mistakes,” in the past, have turned out to be the artist’s “style.” And this goes for all forms of art.  For the purpose of this posting though, I will be referring to painting and drawing.

Art is like anything else in this world that you’ve had limited experience with. Ok, here it comes, Grandma’s old saying, “Practice makes perfect.” Well, my Friend, it does. Especially when it comes to something that you enjoy doing. Besides, as you are “practicing,” who says you have to paint for anyone but yourself? Start simple! Grab a glass of wine, and grab a coffee cup, and draw or paint it until you like the results. (Note: It's more relaxing to drink the wine, and draw the coffee cup, hee hee)

A painting is a series of corrected mistakes. (Robert Bissett)

That’s what all of us artists do. We put the pencil or paint brush in our hand and get to work. Rarely does our first attempt turn out to be “right on.” But we love doing art, so we don’t mind doing it again and reworking it a few times until we get it the way we want it. Babies don't come out walking. We all have to start somewhere, no matter what it is we attempt.  And besides, it’s fun to keep all of the attempts so that you can look back and see how far you’ve come with each painting.

If you don’t think you can draw or paint, consider the possibility that not being so realistic, and relaxing a little, could turn out to be your style. Don’t fight it! (Have a glass of wine and breathe.)

If you think drawing is not your forte, maybe color is, then a rough sketch is all you need. Work with it, Baby! Do your COLOR thing!

Maybe, just maybe, you have the gift of presenting an idea in an abstract manner. (LOL Just so you know, trying to imitate abstract art, can make a realist feel crazy!)

I mean, come on, who really knows why Salvador Dali’s clocks are melting all over the desert (The Persistence of Memory.) His use of color and thought provoking, abstract imagery is brilliant though, but in a completely different style than a realist such as, Leonardo De Vinci. If Leonardo would have painted clocks, his would have most likely been hanging on a wall, sitting on a table, or possibly placed in the garden (sundial) but rest assured, it would have been a very realistic composition.


Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.
― Edgar Degas

Oh yeah, let that sink in, it’s deep. This is the trick to relaxing into your creativity. You don’t have to have everything perfect like a photograph, you just need to be able to present an idea, invoke an emotion, or just plain paint for fun. What do you want the viewer to see? A wagon in a field can be completed with everything from just a few lines on a white background, to a full color, oil on canvas.

Life is stressful enough in just about every other area of our lives. Art allows you to let go and be yourself. That brush stroke that you thought was too bright, too dark, or too something, just may be a happy accident! (Bob Ross)

An artist’s only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection,
and on his own terms, not anyone else’s.

―J.D. Salinger, Franny and Zooey

So the moral of the story is this; don’t be so hard on yourself (Unless, of course, you’re working on your degree. Then you might want to put in the extra effort. You know, for grades and all.)  If you don’t like it the first time, work it again until you see on the canvas, what you see in your mind.

Cheers!