Often when my five year old daughter gets frustrated with herself I remind her that “sometimes the mistake is the masterpiece.” I am much more likely to see the beauty in her mistakes than in my own. I had been looking forward to getting the kids in bed so that while my husband coded I could play with gelatin printing. The plan was to use this photograph that I had taken earlier and to make a print with several layers of ink.
Instead of planning on exactly what I wanted to create I just sort of dove in and then was immediately disappointed. I was disappointed because I didn’t create whatever it was that I had never fully visualized. After stepping away I can see that there is some good in it and I can also see that if there is something specific I want to create I should take the time to plan it out. If there is not a specific goal and the point is to have fun then why be upset when it doesn’t turn out exactly as I had expected? I can always learn from my mistakes and I must remember just as I tell my children that sometimes the mistake is the masterpiece.
Have you ever stepped away from a “mistake” only to find out later that it was worthwhile? Please share your story or add a link in the comments.
This image is available in my store as a notecard.