I think there is no better thing in art then the accident or happy accident if you will. Let me define what I really mean by accident here, what I am meaning is an act of surprise and unintentional consequences, whether intended to be introduced or caused unintentionally by other actions. It is an element of surprise and should be embraced as part of where the work of art is going. It is the “ah ha” moment that an open mind can find new meaning, direction or whys of seeing a new.
I work with the intent of creating these accidents. I like using drips and splattering paint as a vehicle to achieve randomness and unintended patterns, layers, color combinations. I use it as a way to build up, mute back and alter areas of a painting that is not quite working for me. It lets me see things differently, where I can improve and where I might need to fix things.
Other things I like to do is to turn the canvas around and work on it from a different view point. It is amazing all the mistakes you can see when the painting is upside down or you are looking at it in a mirror. They just jump out at you!
Now not every accident is happy, so be open to accidents causing grief sometimes, but you can always go back and fix it, after all its only art!