If you have ever read a better book on making art than
Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking by David Bayles and Ted Orland
… I would love to know!
Art & Fear is my absolute favorite in the genre of creativity, I read it all the time, and it never fails to tell me something I need to hear.
This morning, after having finished a real bad watercolor last night, I read this:
For you, the seed for your next art work lies embedded in the imperfections of your current piece. Such imperfections (or mistakes, if you’re feeling particularly depressed about them today) are your guides —valuable, reliable, objective, non-judgmental guides —to matters you need to reconsider or develop further. It is precisely this interaction between the ideal and the real that locks your art into the real world, and gives meaning to both.