Friday, March 4, 2011

The Art of Making Mistakes

Marvin Percy Bartel, Professor of Art at Goshen College, has good news for those of us who are adept at making mistakes. He says (among other helpful things), "Mistakes are fascinating gifts, and what we do with them makes all the difference.   It is hard to plan creative work, but when a mistake happens, I am given a gift.  When I respond to the mistake and make a new thing from it, I do not have to borrow other artist's ideas to be creative.  It has emerged as my solution." For more great thoughts on this, see Percy Principles of Art and Composition.

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