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Making Mistakes

August 9, 2010

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“…keep in mind that even with the best planning, midcourse corrections are often a necessary part of the painting process.  As you get more deeply involved with a painting, it is only natural that you will discover things you did not notice before.  An idea that seemed achievable at the outset may not come off as you expected.  Yet a successful painting is not the result of a thousand correct choices, but of a thousand corrections.  One of the ironies of the creative process is that a whole string of mistakes (if corrected) can lead to a successful painting.”

~Mitchell Albala, Landscape Painting, Essential Concepts and Techniques for Plein Air and Studio Practice

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