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Plan vs. Serendipity

What is it that makes art happen? Does it happen because the preliminary sketch has every painstaking detail? Or does it just flow out of the fingertips of the artist? Or is it somewhere in between?

Serendipity: noun. 
1. An aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident. 
2. Good fortune; luck.

Plan: noun.
1. a scheme or method of acting, doing, proceeding making, etc, developed in advance: battle plans.

Like I always say, there is a balance in there somewhere.

        Once I was at an art show which was not very well attended and I had time on my hands. I was showing mixed media collage. It was a beautiful venue in Florida and the weather was spectacular. I don't know where the customers were, but dang it, I needed something to do. I found some white typing paper and a ballpoint pen and starting sketching the palm tree across from my booth. I sketched in a very stylized, doodling kind of way. And since I had nothing else to do and still no customers in my booth, I sketched som…