Mistakes: Exactly What You Need

Mistakes can be great

I hate feeling guilty guys. Who does, right?

This empty canvas was driving me crazy! I bought it like two months ago and supposedly I was waiting until I had a great idea for a painting, but the idea just wasn’t coming. Instead I felt guilty every time I saw the empty canvas. Even worse, the guilt didn’t stop there, I also started thinking about all the money I spent on this and other projects I’ve never finished. It was out of control.

After I cleaned the house this morning, I decided that it was time to get rid of this horrific and silly guilty feeling.

Mistakes can be great

I put the canvas on the table, took a couple of paint bottles and dripped paint all over the canvas. I made lines, flowers, something that looked like a dog, all sorts of stuff. If you look at it right now it’s just an abstract “something”. What happened is that I decided that I didn’t like it and I painted over it using my hands as brush because it was faster.

Mistakes can be great

Mistakes can be great

I’m trying to just flow and see how this ends and I’m not planning anything which is crazy for me. This painting is like therapy for a control freak like me.

I don’t know why I didn’t start this thing before, it’s silly. What is the worst thing that could happen? That I end up painting something disgusting, right? Well I did, and I discovered that I can always paint over it and turn something I didn’t like into something awesome.

That’s a good way to think about life. Make as many mistakes as you want, there is always a way to paint over it. Because I love cheesy quotes like this. Have a happy weekend!

8 Responses

  1. Karen says:

    I love this post! I took 2 sets of watercolor classes. I wish I could paint better! I am hoping to get back into class.

  2. janika R says:

    Great point Elba. Totally agree. we all do mistakes but it is important to remember that we can rework again and make things better. Beautiful post.


  3. lorena pose says:

    Es lo bonito de la pintura, que es como la vida, se mueve y plasma lo que estamos viviendo en el momento que estamos creando.

  4. Claudya says:

    Well done! Guilt is totally overrated.

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