When you get an idea or start a new project keep an open mind and a loose concept. We have all experienced those magical moments when what we envision and we produce are spot on and match in every way. And we have also experienced the disappointment and frustration of “seeing” our work in our mind’s eye but having the reality of the piece turn out looking like something fished from the Black Lagoon.
Part of the talent of an artist, no matter what your medium, is learning to shift your creative gears, to be able to reverse or change course toward new creative success.
I am not advocating you quit when your vision and your work don’t align. I am not suggesting that you throw in the towel to take an easy way out or compromise your vision. What I am suggesting is that you stop beating your head against a wall trying to fit square pegs into round holes. If your vision and your art aren’t simpatico at the time, there is no shame in allowing your artwork to evolve into something else. There is no punishment for riding this learning curve so that your skills, vision and product hit a crescendo in a future project. There is no embarrassment in taking ownership of your creative license to play and “re-create” when your imagination and art do not meet.
Often times, allowing yourself to take a right turn when your original plan was to force a turn left can yield surprising creative revelations.
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