Hello Fellow Artists,

Today, I want to leave you with this youtube video to watch.  My hope is, when you have viewed this video, that some of you will feel more encouraged, lighter in your approach in the art room and maybe it'll silence the critic in you.  This video made me think differently and helped me to be more appreciative of the things that happen by "mistake," when making a new piece of work.  Hmmm...maybe they're not mistakes afterall, but part of what makes a particular piece interesting.  If you are discouraged today please take a peek and I hope this video encourages you ;)  Cheers!

 

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Food for thought - and a big thank you from me for posting this!

Thanks for sharing Susanne.

Thank you so much for posting this!  It was beautifully said.  I will remember this as I work on unfinished projects that I start but am afraid will not turn out "perfect".

Wow, that was very inspiring and very timely!  I am a potter and get so caught up in mistakes that I sometimes miss the creative moment to create something different.

Remarkable and touching video thank you for posting.

I was invited to be in a show at a mansion called Esperanza.  At the time I was a Batik artist...working with wax and dye on cloth.  I needed ten pieces for the show and had nine that I really liked.  This one, "Spiderweb", seemed to be a mistake to me.  In batik you wax and dye the cloth until the end step where you crumple the cloth and dye it the darkest color.  That's how you see the crackle lines through the whole fabric design.  This one, however, kind of melted instead of crackeled.  However, I had to take it anyway for the show.  When the prizes were being called out, I suffered through all the prizes with baited breath.  Then when they said "Best in Show" and they called my name, this was the piece that they had chosen!  I then realized that there are no mistakes....maybe in our minds but, hey, you never know!

Wow! Love that happy ending, Felicia! That's wonderful. And it shows that the elements you may not like in your work, someone else may find wonderful. You just never know. A good reminder to not get too down on work we perceive as mistakes.

Felicia Dvornicky said:

I was invited to be in a show at a mansion called Esperanza.  At the time I was a Batik artist...working with wax and dye on cloth.  I needed ten pieces for the show and had nine that I really liked.  This one, "Spiderweb", seemed to be a mistake to me.  In batik you wax and dye the cloth until the end step where you crumple the cloth and dye it the darkest color.  That's how you see the crackle lines through the whole fabric design.  This one, however, kind of melted instead of crackeled.  However, I had to take it anyway for the show.  When the prizes were being called out, I suffered through all the prizes with baited breath.  Then when they said "Best in Show" and they called my name, this was the piece that they had chosen!  I then realized that there are no mistakes....maybe in our minds but, hey, you never know!

Beautiful and very moving video. Thanks for sharing this. Something to remember the next time I look at one of my painting 'mistakes'.

Most interesting, I'm one of those people that spends a long amount of time pondering critically at my own work. Lol

i read that the italians celebrate their mistakes by filling in cracks (in pots) with gold. pure gold. to demonstrate the value of mistakes.

Sometimes i think my whole life is a mistake! But if it wasn't it wouldn't have been so interesting! :))

I love the happy mistakes. I love them best when you cringe at the brush stroke and then step back to figure out how to fix it and you go. " Oh! well that does work . Oh Crap how do i repeat it now? " Thank you for sharing. lovely piece indeed.

Diane O said:

Wow! Love that happy ending, Felicia! That's wonderful. And it shows that the elements you may not like in your work, someone else may find wonderful. You just never know. A good reminder to not get too down on work we perceive as mistakes.

Felicia Dvornicky said:

I was invited to be in a show at a mansion called Esperanza.  At the time I was a Batik artist...working with wax and dye on cloth.  I needed ten pieces for the show and had nine that I really liked.  This one, "Spiderweb", seemed to be a mistake to me.  In batik you wax and dye the cloth until the end step where you crumple the cloth and dye it the darkest color.  That's how you see the crackle lines through the whole fabric design.  This one, however, kind of melted instead of crackeled.  However, I had to take it anyway for the show.  When the prizes were being called out, I suffered through all the prizes with baited breath.  Then when they said "Best in Show" and they called my name, this was the piece that they had chosen!  I then realized that there are no mistakes....maybe in our minds but, hey, you never know!

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