Friday, March 4, 2011
No Mistakes in Art
So did the watercolor really fail? No, emphatically no. What happened was that it migrated into an even better piece. I let myself go with creative flow.
I think failure comes about when you have an idea in your head and won't let it go even when something else appears. Art is a process. Remaining open to process is full of thrills, delights, risks, and rewards.
I've found the same to be true of writing. My idea of how a poem is going to go is often usurped by how the poem goes. Suddenly it's like a river that has changed its path. When you learn to follow the process, let go of your expectations and open yourself to possibilities, then I believe art starts to happen.