let me clarify, mistakes are awesome in art. this is what i try to teach my own children and especially my art students.
why are mistakes so important? well, seeing as I'm no guru and as you probably have already surmised, mistakes lead to learning and figuring out. also, to becoming a better artist.
|a first print with many editing notes|
|the drawing before it is transferred to the linoleum block. i changed it again after i took this picture too!|
|This photo shows the first print and all of my notes on how i felt it needed to be edited.|
|as you can see, i totally messed up the words on the bottom portion of the circle...oops! frustrating and annoying yes, but i had to figure something out.....|
|I really wanted to quote so i decided to create a second block that would have the quote. This would then allow me to use just the one block without the quote or use both blocks and have two colors.|
|and this is what i came up with...i love the two colors and i think i like it even more because of the challenge.|
here is an example of a typical conversation that may take place in my class:
student: "Mrs. May, this elephant looks stupid! it looks like an alien!"
me: "well, maybe not an alien, perhaps a jelly fish. just teasing!"
(both of us giggle.)
student: "can i just start over?!"
me: "yes you can if you want but first let's figure out what's not correct. what specifically don't you like about your elephant?"
student: "the body looks dumb"
me: "how so?"
student: "it's just not right...it's, like, too small."
me: "i agree. so that's one thing you could fix. perhaps too you could make it more round"
student: "and look at it's ears!"
me: "yes, i think those should be bigger."
so, that's the start of "fixing" art...figuring out what is wrong. if you know what's wrong, you know what needs to be corrected. i had a professor one time tell me that if you use words to describe out loud what you need to fix, it is a bit easier. it's true, i do it all the time.
people often believe they just aren't good at art... more so, they may have just not have given it the time to be good at it. allowing yourself to make mistakes and investigating them, will guide you to making things right.