Embrace the Creative Mess

May 21, 2020 at 01:35 pm by Barbara Din

Embrace the Creative Mess

Sometimes (or many times), you have a perfect vision, an idea in your head so great, you have to try and make it a reality right now. And after a while, you start realizing things are not going as planned. Sometimes you'll keep going anyway, sometimes the mess you are suddenly confronted with makes you stop in your tracks. You now feel down as the sense of failure sinks in…

But there is another way to look at this. Bumps on the road might end up being beneficial for your growth as an artist. They key is to take something unexpected as an opportunity, and make room in your mind to shift from a “specific goal” point of view, to a “learn from the process” point of view.

I understand trying to do this in the middle of making a piece might be hard and frustrating. It's hard to let go. You might not succeed in this shift on your first try. So it's ok to still feel miserable on the first go. But keep trying, and you'll get better at this quick change of mental lanes.

If you're afraid, make controlled practices, so you avoid being paralyzed while creating a proper art piece. 

Here you have an example of practice pieces that are just made to experiment with failed bases, failing art supplies and other non-art elements.

You should allow yourself to make things like this from time to time, making it clear to yourself that these are just random practice pieces and you absolutely won't try to turn them into masterpieces. This gives you the freedom to fail, experiment and problem-solve without pressure.

I'm convinced you'll be a richer artist if you try.

Barbara Din is a visual artist, graphic designer, painter, interior designer, crafter, musician and writer living in Argentina. Learn more about Barbara and her work at the following links:
Barbara Din YouTube Channel 

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