By Wendy P. Jones
I’ve heard it said that there are no do-overs in life. In some cases, that’s true. But in most cases, it’s so not.
Accept That Mistakes Are Part of the Process
Most of us don’t get things right the first time, yet if we fall short, we can experience a crisis in confidence. What if we go into things—both in art and in the rest of our lives—knowing that we’ll probably make a mistake, pivot, and eventually get it right? If that process is our expectation, we’d have so much more energy for creating.
One of the biggest things I’ve learned being a longtime card maker, and now, a painter, is how to fix mistakes. I painted this piece some time ago. And while I liked parts of it, I hated the yellow fish at the bottom and the goldfish at the top.
Go easy on yourself when you make a mistake. Know that it’s part of the process, and see it as an opportunity to try a new approach—one that may give you results beyond your expectations.