Make Mistakes

Hi Friends,

What’s that saying — if you’re not failing you’re not trying?

I was working on several layered and sanded paintings this week that were not coming together. It seemed like the more I worked on them the worse they got, and the darkness of the pieces was beginning to weigh on me. Here’s a couple in progress, just to show you how problematic they are.

Cassandta Tondro art

Cassandta Tondro art

Rather than waste more time on these, I decided to switch gears and do something different. I needed light, and the best way to create something light and airy is my flow paintings.

My idea for the triptych below was a mystical far off land in the mist. Somehow it turned out to be very low contrast, which was not my intent, but it looks really good in a brightly lit room. In bright light the colors look almost fluorescent.

Cassandra Tondro, "Never Never Land," original painting

“Never Never Land,” triptych, 30 x 45 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas

After that I stepped up the contrast a bit, and did this piece, still on the mystical theme. It’s somewhat subtle, but you can see more shapes and forms.

Cassandta Tondro art

“Bloom Where You’re Planted,” 24 x 24 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas

And lastly I created this piece. Still subtle, and the design and colors are beautiful.

Cassandra Tondro, "Break Away," abstract art

“Break Away,” 24 x 24 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas

It’s hard to allow myself to make mistakes. It’s disappointing when my paintings don’t work out as planned, but if I don’t make mistakes, I never learn or grow. Mistakes are part of the process. It’s the journey that’s more important than the end result. We learn about ourselves through our mistakes.

Where do you allow yourself mistakes? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.

With love and appreciation,



  1. I think too, that what we perceive sometimes as mistakes at the time, do turn into learning opportunities. It is our mindset that sometimes needs adjustment. Or back to the ‘step away’ , give some distance and time to ge5 a new perspective. Love the flow painting!!

  2. It is so lovely that you can stand back and take so many lessons from your art. You are an inspiration! Thank you for always sharing

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