Embracing Mistakes – Day 2

Gourd Sculpture titled "Organica" by Serena Kovalosky
“Organica” by Serena Kovalosky. ©Serena Kovalosky. Photo by Jim McLaughlin.

[Today’s featured artwork for Day 2 of the 365 Days Project is by Serena Kovalosky]

The sculptural piece pictured above is one of mine. It was a departure from my usual work, which made it a challenge to create and raised all sorts of doubts about my validity as an artist. What started off as a “mistake” ended up pushing the boundaries of my artistic practice. It’s the perfect image for today’s post on the 365 Days Project.

#2 – The Artist in me knows how to embrace my mistakes.

As I learned to work through them over the years, I found they often become magnificent doorways to something I’ve never tried before, leading me to fascinating discoveries and truly unique work. If I’m not making “mistakes” once in a while, I’m playing it too “safe.”

Jazz legend Miles Davis never feared mistakes. “It’s not the note you play that’s the wrong note – it’s the note you play afterwards that makes it right or wrong.”

Serena Kovalosky’s artwork can be viewed at: www.kovalosky.com

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Artist Credits for the images included in this post:

Serena Kovalosky, New York, USA
Carved gourds, gold alloy gilding, bitumen stain, pine cone petals

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