"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep."
I think the above quote would be great for a discussion. Some people think there are no mistakes. They believe that we can learn from everything we do. Others are paralzyed by just the thought of making a mistake. There are lots of mistakes in the above painting. There was a time when I would have painted this picture, analzyed it for what I could do better next time, and then put it away. Now, when I paint I am learning to look at what I have created with kind eyes. The same type of eyes I use when looking at someone else's work. I find the colors that I like, the stroke that is perfect, the one petal that is formed right. I celebrate those parts of the painting. I hang the painting on the wall and look at it for several days. I remember the experience of painting it and I celebrate the fun I now have when I paint. By recognizing that I will always make mistakes when I am trying something new and allowing myself the chance to grow as an artist, I have discovered the joy in painting. And for me, that is what painting is all about - another way to find the joy in life.
When you share your dreams and talent with the world, magic happens! Let the magic begin.