High School Art Lesson

My high school art teacher, Mary Eaton, did me a great favour when she critiqued my clay pot which collapsed and became an abstract face. I scratched a hasty design on the back, which she explained was poor, not on its own merits, but because it was not consistent with the design of the piece as a whole. Years later I remember that lesson. She was absolutely correct.

An excerpt from The Artist's Way describes a central problem faced by artists when they are overly focused on outcome, they lose creativity. A corrective prayer or mantras might be "God, I'll take care of the quantity, if you'll take care of the quality."