Afraid of Making a Mistake

You hear a lot about writer’s block, but little about the similar phenomena with visual artists.  Whatever it’s called, it’s about being afraid of making a mistake.  And then there it is, staring you in the face.  It’s the discouragement that follows that’s most awful–not the mistake itself, but the fear that that’s the best you can do.  It can be paralyzing.

I’ve got a great idea for a new series of clay sculptures.  Been making notes, sketches, researching thoughts, poking around in my morgue.  Cleaned the clay tools, swept the floor, gotta jump off the cliff now.

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