“I never tell an audience what they can expect. I never have and I never will.” -Jerry Lewis
Serendipity is the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way. It requires letting things happen as they may – and enjoying the happy accidents that come from it.
The giant leaps in learning have always come, for me, from starting a work without really knowing where it’s headed. Being willing to let the medium act as it wants to. Let a sketch change its mind along the way. Trying colors together that might seem incongruous. Experimenting with layering of colors or making marks – all in an effort to give serendipity a playground to run in.
Planning out every last detail is great for some circumstances: a vacation tour of a new city, or steps of a big project. Occasionally, an artwork will be planned out in your mind – with a clear vision. But try to leave that wiggle room for art to take a left turn, or to do a cartwheel. Even a pratfall. Each of those detours teaches a new lesson…and helps your mind to become looser and more creative the next time you sit down in your studio!