Okay, so I'm worked on a painting tonight and I pushed it to the point of failure. Now I know occasional failure is part of the artistic process, but there was still this smoldering subtle anger and frustration over what appeared to be wasted time and paint supplies. This got me thinking about the whole aspect of dealing with artistic failures. I recall an instructor of mine pointing out that most breakthroughs happen as a result of failures and that that's when actual artistic growth occurs. Though I suppose it must be subconscious growth, because it just seemed like a waste of supplies to me. At least when I create music on my computer, I can just throw the damn file away and I haven't wasted supplies. That's also one of the main advantages to creating digital art too. When it's digital, I can usually keep working until something turns up, but that's a whole different topic... :D
So anyhoo, all this got me wondering how other creative types deal with failure. And, if one avoids failure, is one avoiding growth as well? Is failure a prerequisite to artistic growth? Does trying to always succeed and do it "right" actually hinder creativity? Yeah I think I already know the answers, but I'm curious as to what my fellow creators think..