Ugly art. Judgment. Kindness, mercy.
What do those three have to do with each other? The stuff I made last night was seriously ugly. I am on spring break and I escaped to my studio to play. But nothing good came out of it. Horrible stuff. But I am judging my own art without any kindness or mercy. I have been trying new techniques, trying to put my spin on artwork inspired by other artists. Well it didn’t work out like their’s. As it shouldn’t.
How I should look at those artworks is like this: I tried something new, I am learning something, I can learn from those mistakes, I can fix them, I can transform this morning into something better. If I am going to judge my actions, I have to show myself a little mercy. Be a little kinder to myself. Be a little more honest with myself that I am not going to create something perfect and lovely every time.
And that is true whether we are talking about making art, breakfast, or whatever our work is.
I don’t know about you, but I am a lot better at showing others mercy and kindness. I tend to have pretty high expectations for myself. But God wants us to be kind and forgiving to ourselves just as much as to others. Sometimes it is even more important.