In art and in life, we hopefully learn from our happy little accidents.

Have you ever finished a painting and then accidentally dropped it and damaged it? This recently happened to me. A while back, I was putting the finishing touches on a new little 6×6 oil painting, Evening Sky.

©2020 Lori McNee, “Evening Sky” 5×7, oil on linen

Luckily, this ‘happy little accident’ actually ended up helping the painting! The finished painting had flopped off my easel and into piles of cadmium red and yellow. I did my best to wipe and scrape off the unwanted paint, but I was unable to remove it all. To my surprise, the invasive cadmiums actually warmed up the sky and made the painting even better! A happy little accident for sure!

You can watch how I fixed the painting in this Instagram video.