Last night I worked on a piece that I started months ago. It never made the cut. So I got out my trusty jug of gesso and covered the whole thing with a nice coat of white. What a cleansing experience! Gone were the negative thoughts of failure and the damn I am an awful painter refrain. When I started in on it there was creativity and joy in the studio. In a few hours a new painting was born. Thinking on this I believe that we tend to forget that there are no mistakes. Only opportunities to learn, grow and improve. A while back I had a piece on a really superior gallery canvas. You know the type, 2 inches thick, gorgeous canvas that had been prepped with 5 plus layers of matte medium and gesso. In the end, the resulting piece did not make the cut. So it sat and gathered dust for months. One time I covered the whole thing in a creamy chinese red. Then it sat again. You know what is coming. Yep, one day it was thrown on the easel and in an hour or so there was Bilss. (You can see that piece on my website). It won at the Southern Oregon Artists Society juried critique in January. Bottom line. There is no wasted time in the studio. Take your discarded canvases or watercolor papers and have at it. Try a new technique, use colors you hate, cut them up and try collage, stand and paint or sit and get close in. Do the opposite from your usual routine. You will be surprised what can happen because you freed yourself from caring. It was destined for the trash anyway so have at it and let the joy come out. Mulligans Rock!