Claude Monet on where to find new directions for expression

“When asked for advice on painting, Claude Monet told people not to fear mistakes. The discipline of art requires constant experimentation, wherein errors are harbingers of original ideas because they introduce new directions for expression. The mistake is outside the intended course of action, and it may present something that we never saw before, something unexpected and contradictory, something that may be put to use.”

Quote included in Shaun McNiff’s classic book on creativity, Trust the Process: An Artist’s Guide to Letting Go.

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