I'm so pleased to have Carolyn Dube here with us today. I've been watching her work expand exponentially over the years. Her attitude is easy going and encouraging. Come on down Carolyn!
I would love to tell you that I have a careful and well thought out plan when I create. Because that is what I thought I wanted when I started my creative journey. Turns out that a careful plan was like powering my inner critic with nuclear rocket fuel. An inner critic with that kind of power squashed most of my creativity and definitely sucked the joy out of art for me. But that was then.
So what do I do now? I just make mistakes. I make lots of mistakes. Only, I don't call them mistakes, I call them O.O.P.S., an Outstanding Opportunity Presenting Suddenly.
So, in this video there is Oops after Oops...You can see it develop from the nasty neon green that did not look the way I expected to the blue that was used to cover up another Oops...and every Oops was useful in the end.
In the Elephant journal page above, Oops was a huge help. When I put down the elephant stencil, by Nat Kalbach, it didn't fit on the page as I expected. And the page is better because of it.
This Oops led me to position the elephant so she was walking into the page creating movement that I would have missed out on without the opportunity in the Oops.
This is how I handle the "mistakes" in my art. How do you handle yours?
*** I hope that you'll visit Carolyn at her blog and her YouTube channel is filled with inspiration. She'll be teaching this year in October at Art Is You in CT. I hope to raise a glass to her then in person.
And, yes, I know that this is not the first Friday of the month. And I'm proud that I know that and you should be too. xo Diana