Ink has to be the most unforgiving medium. Once a mark is down, that's it. Oh well. For this piece, I just kept working with whatever mark I made whether it was accidental or not.
I was inspired today by Kathy Weller's post where she talks about training herself to "work WITH [her] mistakes." This week she is drawing very directly and spontaneously with Sharpies, having no preliminary pencil drawings. Some lovely stuff resulted.
Another artist who addresses this is James Surls. At a Decordova Museum lecture, he said that he doesn't consider any marks that he puts on paper "mistakes" or "accidents." Whatever he puts down on paper is valid. For him, there is no erasing.
This is another call to banish that inner critic. Maybe it's not the medium that needs to be forgiving.