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Blog 4:22:18 Copyright 2018 David Limrite Artist Teacher Coach Mentor Be Willing To Make A Mess.jpg

Three small 10”x 8” pieces in progress. Actually, I think they may be finished. I made a mess with these. Does not show in the finished pieces. I worked on them for awhile, hated what I did to all three of them, took out my power sander and blasted into them, reworked them, and here they are today. © 2018 David Limrite

“Life is pure adventure, and the sooner we realize that, the quicker we will be able to treat life as art.”
May Angelou, Poet

Be Willing To Make A Mess

Creativity can be messy...if you are doing it right.

If you are trying things...

If you are exploring ideas, techniques, styles or new mediums...

If you are pushing yourself by going beyond what is comfortable for you...

If you are taking risks (big or small)…

Things are going to get messy.

You are most certainly going to create some awful stuff in the process. Some things just aren’t going to work. There will be failures. Which sounds horrible, but know this:

An artist must risk failure in order to invite meaningful growth.

I often learn a great deal more from paintings that I struggle with, than from paintings that go smoothly. The paintings that I struggle with are the paintings that I am taking the most risks with. These are the paintings that are the messiest.

I have to be willing to make a mess of things and risk ending up with something awful in order to learn and grow as an artist.

Playing it safe with my work gets me nowhere.

This is not an easy philosophy to adopt and follow; however, when I can get myself in this state of mind, creatively, my work is so much better.





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