Happy Accidents

Pastels are not my favorite medium. I find them finicky and bizarre to work with, and the loose sense of control makes me fussy. But that’s okay. Bob Ross (may he rest in piece) had that line, “We don’t make mistakes; we have happy accidents.” In art, those accidents are necessary. They lead to breakthroughs in understanding materials and tools and are one step further on learning about the kind of art you like to make. I will (probably never) be a pastel artist. But I’m not tossing out my pastels, because I know that there might be other ways to use them. And sometimes I need those happy accidents to give myself a chance to explore and learn. Keep artin’ y’all.

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