'Happy Accidents' illustrates my art tutor's very good point about the importance of happy accidents (I used to call them mistakes) and how they can lead to something good.
I had planned what to paint on very 'precious' new piece of hand made paper all day. Doing little preparatory sketches in between my mummy duties like making snacks and bobos.
I had just got some time on my own at the end of the day, sat down to work on my new paper and the first thing I did was accidentally spill half a bottle of turquoise ink all over it! Instead of despairing (which was my first reaction, I'll not lie) I heard my art tutor's voice in my had and got to work, playing with the ink and water. When I had finished with the inks, I worked over it with watercolour pencils and pastels.
And do you know what? I was so happy with the results. Lesson learned.
Don't be afraid of making mistakes. Think of them as happy accidents. Play, go with it and enjoy whatever happens. Probably a good mantra for life overall really.
Roughly A2 size Watercolour mixed media on acid free, rough textured, eco watercolour paper, hand made in India.