Art is a series of mistakes. This realization has a tremendous effect on the way you work. It eliminates fear from your system. The conviction that there is no finality in whatever you are doing, and that you can alter it any time, gives a raw energy, a unique kind of strength to your work and makes it easier for you to simply work with no hesitation.
The best way to understand this process is by imagining a blackboard. You can erase a blackboard a million times and almost always the traces of what you have done previously will remain on the board.
“Hubris” 48×72, Acrylic on Canvas, 2011. Collection of Aida and Michel Babajanian.
Photo: Mher Vahakn