Did you make a mistake today?

Did you make a mistake today?  If not, then get moving and take some risk.
If you are a painter, use a brush that you haven’t used before or try a new surface. ¬†If you are a potter, throw a new form. ¬†Throw larger. ¬†Try a new clay body. ¬†If you have never used the “Diva”, throw a pot using porcelain,. ¬†If you don’t risk making something new, then you will never move forward. ¬†Hmmm, so what am I going to try today?

Christi Dreese Interconnection series
Interconnection Series by Christi Dreese

Christi Dreese is a painter at C2C Gallery. ¬†She is a woman who paints every day. ¬†Every Day. ¬†I am impressed with her work ethic. ¬†Christi believes that if she continues to paint, she will learn things that she never considered. ¬†We have Christi’s paintings in oils and acrylics. ¬†She paints on paper, canvas, and more. ¬†Both abstract and landscapes. ¬†Last year, I co-juried a show with two other artists. ¬†I found it interesting listening to their technical critiques of ¬†two dimensional art (in other words, paintings). ¬†I learned a few things about considering art. ¬†Mostly, I learned that I intuitively understood what makes “good art”. ¬†But, I want to re-state that: ¬†I believe that most people know what they like and if they like it, then “that” is good art. ¬† If someone loves a piece of art, then they should own it, to enjoy for many years. ¬†Another reason why, the gallery’s tag line is “Art for Your Every Day Life.”.

along the shoreline, reproduction of original paintingAlong the Shoreline by Christi Dreese

Ok, so what am I going to risk today? ¬†I am doing a pottery-wheel throwing demonstration to a group of women business owners tonight. ¬†I could wedge some stoneware and throw large or tall. ¬†But, I think I will throw with porcelain. ¬†The “Diva” of clay. ¬†Porcelain is like using cream cheese. ¬†It is so lovely to touch while make a form. ¬†It is lovely when bone hard and again after it comes out of the glaze kiln firing. ¬†So, yes, I am going to make some pots for the women using porcelain.
PS: ¬†Neil Gaiman and Robert Genn say: ¬†¬†“Because if you’re making mistakes… you’re Doing Something.” Painting is a do-it-yourself thing that requires focus and a self-critical eye. After a while some people get very good at it. Writers write. Painters paint. According to Neil, that’s about it. But I often wonder what might have happened if I had kept kicking that wheel.

Cyndi Casemier "Into her Work"

Cyndi’s “Into her Work”