The Trial and Error of Life, and More Collagraphs

I’ve been continuing with my collagraph escapades and having a lot of fun in the process. Here’s a look at the newest crop of prints:

This month of playing around and experimenting with art has gotten me thinking about the trial and error nature of things. My husband Mike has also been experimenting lately, with his interest in maps, so it’s kind of a double-whammy of experimentality in my life {you can see him blogging about maps here}. The reality is: there’s often quite a bit of swearing in our house these days, for example: “gosh-darnit (or insert more strongly-worded expletive here), why is this freaking not working?!!” But along with that comes the supremely abundant energy of taking risks and trying new things.

I learn more deeply every year (perhaps every month, or every day) that creating a beautiful, wild, creative life is all about trial and error. It’s about being willing to go forth and try something even when (maybe especially when) you don’t know what’s on the other side. This unsureness, this riskiness will inevitably lead you to many “errors,” many so-called “failures” but if you keep going, those events can only lead to the goodness of really experiencing life.

I am thankful to be living this way, even though sometimes I have the strong desire to hit some hidden panic button, or sit down and plan every single second of the next 5 years. This is when I take a deep breath and think of infinity and play. Then I can turn the coin and get back to it—this wild creative life full of possibilities.

I’m wishing you one million trillion buckets full of possibilities from my corner of the world!

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4 Responses to “The Trial and Error of Life, and More Collagraphs”


  1. 1 Marianne Bland January 21, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Dude, these are AWESOME! SO AWESOME! I really really love what you’ve done with collagraphs.

  2. 2 Laura January 23, 2011 at 7:26 am

    I love what you said about creating a beautiful, wild, creative life through trial and error. I want a beautiful, wild, creative life- bring on the errors!! :) And ps- I’m loving following your journey.

  3. 3 Laura D January 24, 2011 at 9:41 am

    Very inspiring! I tend to get so focused on the frustration involved in experimentation that I quit long before I make it to the other side. I’m slowly learning to be ok with “mistakes.”

    These collagraphs are really cool :)

  4. 4 Kerri January 24, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Oh my goodness Nicole these are absolutely wonderful! I must give it a try! I love how they have an almost ghostly appearance and I love their square defined edges. I must start drawing now!


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Hello there! My name is Nicole K. Docimo, and I am an artist and writer from the U.S.A. but currently residing in Zurich, Switzerand. Thank you for visiting my blog!

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