The photo of his paint stained leather shoes was posted in response to questions from a kindergarten class who had watched him creating a large mural – they wondered how he didn’t get messy with paint flying.
Turns out, he does. But, rather than be concerned by it he writes:
Making pictures and creating art can sometimes be a messy job. But that’s ok. I’ve grown to enjoy the spots and dots that my work sometimes leaves behind and occasionally, without even realizing it, the inadvertent mess or the “mistakes” I make, end up seeming more interesting than I ever would have expected. — Eric Carle
Some of his mess becomes artwork itself, as he illustrates with the framed yogurt lids in his post.
Two take-aways —
- Bad Mess – Even in kindergarten we are being taught to limit our creativity so as not to create a mess.
- Good Mess – Great Creative’s don’t worry too much about the mess.
So, where does your workplace land on the spectrum of good mess/bad mess thinking?