I find that some of the best learning experiences, and even paintings, can come from when you give up on trying to ‘get it right’.
I was working on a series of paintings in October. I had not picked up the brush for a little while, so I was very careful with every single brush stroke. It wasn’t working. Everything I did came out looking worse. In my frustration I decided this one was beyond help. Freedom can come at the most unexpected times! Once I figured there was no saving it, I just started playing and mucking and lost interest in the outcome. My painting became looser and, in the end, more interesting. What I thought was going to be a toss, ended up being one of my favourites for the week’s work.