Studio Listening: Nothing is a Mistake

Blog-Schroeder-YearsofGlory“Years Of Glory” by Nike Schroeder

“Nothing is a mistake…always keep working on it. Just keep layering and layering. It adds so much to the painting, even though you can’t probably see the mistakes. You kind of feel them. And it’s somehow like the paintings are wiser because they’ve learned.” – Nike Schroeder

This is too good not to share.

I like listening to podcasts in the studio. Artist interviews, artist business, studio tips, creativity – usually there’s something playing all day. The conversation helps keep my brain from intervening between my eyes and hand and saying I’m doing this wrong. Not that I’m dissing my brain! It’s a pretty good one and I’m fond of it. But in the art production game, less thinking/more doing seems to work better.

And once in awhile, you find a real gem.

The Jealous Curator is a podcast provided by Danielle Krysa on her website of the same name. She interviews talented contemporary artists, but she’s also fascinated with, as she says “the self-doubt part – the insecurities, inner-critics, creative blocks, and of course the jealousy that all of us have to deal with at some point.” And who doesn’t get that?

But what I like the most is that the interviews are so natural. Danielle Kyrsa has a gift for this. She chats, her guests chat, and by the time the chatting’s done you know things you didn’t know before about artists who deserve the attention, and sometimes you know more about yourself.

This week’s chat was one of those. Danielle Krysa interviewed Los Angeles-based German artist Nike Schroeder and in the middle, there was this small piece of brilliance.

Imagine it. Nothing you do is a mistake. Because adding layers to your mistakes makes not only you wiser, but also the thing you’re making.

What a gift of an idea. I think I’ll go add a layer right now.

The rest of the interview is good, too. Here it is. And Nike Schroeder’s art is gorgeous. Enjoy!

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6 Responses to Studio Listening: Nothing is a Mistake

  1. pam April 6, 2016 at 10:29 am #

    Thanks for passing this on!

    • Laureen April 6, 2016 at 6:21 pm #

      Glad you like it 🙂

  2. Marlena April 6, 2016 at 11:26 am #

    I subscribe to the Jealous Curator. She always showcases such amazing artists.

    • Laureen April 6, 2016 at 6:22 pm #

      And finding ways of seeing that are new to us can only be good!

  3. Antoinette Herivel April 6, 2016 at 8:45 pm #

    I remember when studying with Ted Godwin he used to say- ” There are no bad paintings ,only unfinished ones” -not sure if this was his original saying but it helps. The question is then– how to finish them and sometimes I have trouble with doing that!!

    • Laureen April 6, 2016 at 9:56 pm #

      Yes, isn’t that the question! I think, “Honey, I can’t get it any better than that.” Or sometimes, “I’ll go to my grave swearing I meant it that way.” And then it’s done. Pretty subjective though 🙂