This is why writing is important. It’s harder to fool yourself that you understand something when you sit down to write about it and it comes out all disjointed and confused. Writing forces clarity.
when an artist does not allow themselves the room to make and accept mistakes in their work, they remove space for their subconscious to show up and play. the exaggerated proportions, the oversaturated colours, the skewed perspective—these unintentional elements are manifestations of the way the artist sees and feels their world, and it's in here—the things the artist doesn't consciously mean to do—that the art is actually happening. without these so-called mistakes, the work quickly becomes diluted of the artist's spirit.
several common artistic practices reduce the room for mistakes, such as perfecting sketches before transferring them onto canvas, or conducting multiple colour studies before settling on a palette, and with the advent of digital mediums, it has become especially easy to liquify, curve, and ctrl+z the subconscious away.