Sometimes I make a little art. I don't consider myself terribly artistic, and I used to be *really* hard on myself when I would create a piece of art. Imperfections, mistakes, and failures are common and "success" is rare. But as I've learned to release the false notion of perfection in my life, I've also learned to release any hope of perfection in my art.
Mistakes are a part of life, and mistakes are also part of the art making process. There's more to art than just the end result. I've learned to look beyond the final result to the emotions or messages that present themselves through the art that I make. We can learn a lot about what's going on inside by observing what comes out on the page or canvas. We just need to turn down the volume on the thinking brain, and let our inner child come out and play with no expectations, no rules, and no self-imposed limitations about what we can or can't do. When we can do that, then art can be enjoyable instead of stressful, and can bring relaxation, calmness, and healing.