Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Free To Fail

Heard something interesting in church yesterday.

I was encouraged to fail.

Being "free to fail" can be liberating. I tend to be cautious in so many areas; because I want to do things well (read perfectly) I tend to put off things. To the point of never doing them.

But I really saw where I could apply the concept in my art.
I want to paint. Craft. Create.

But do I?

Sometimes. But I have a hard time translating my concepts through my fingertips. I watch other artist seemingly slap color on a page adding layer after layer of writing and emphamera and creating a visually rich piece of art. Art journalling, it's called.

Why can't I let myself go and do this?

I'm afraid I'll fail. That it will be a muddy illegible mess.


BUT. It means so many positive things came before that.....

I started, began, gave it a shot, tried, endeavored, experimented, attempted, tackled, aimed, strived....

And there is no failure in that.


InTheFastLane said...

Sometimes it is the getting started that is the hardest part.

kelleylivingstondesigns said...

I feel this one too! Having an endless number ideas is not a problem, but getting them to the final product without editing myself too much can be tricky!

Dapoppins said...

I have made some scrappy mini-books to give to family and friends. The books are never as good or perfect or perfectly shabby as I want them to be, but i give them away anyway, and if they my gifts aren't liked, I haven't been told so.

I want to make a journal too. I have checked out book after book to inspire me. Even have a book picked out, but I still haven't started one.

free to fail. I will keep that in mind this coming year, and let it encourage instead of discourage.