I volunteered at the Sono Art Festival in Norwalk, CT, yesterday. I worked hard,but I had a lot of fun! The artists were superb, and I made great friends, even if it was just for a few hours. A very well run show and I hope to exhibit in it sometime in the future.
But as I looked, I realized my thoughts were right about selling a lot of small affordable art. So, I looked back on some of the work I wanted to redo (failure is such an ugly word isn’t it?
For instance, I did this note card as a preliminary sketch, and loved it. Can’t find it. I must have sent it out to someone. Silly me.
Then as a finished version, it left a lot to be desired. It looks like a cosmic baseball glove to me. (Actually failure is more of an ugly and dismal word.)
So, finally to make up for all that dismalness, I decided to make on it one of my redos in a smaller scale.
Yes, once again “Venus and Mars are Alright, Tonight”.
Phooey! Dammit, damn, damn and damn, again!
I really don’t like the way this turned out.
It was supposed to be carefree…..but to me, it looks sloppy and lazy. The piece of fecal matter I mentioned before. I really had wanted it to come out like this:
Or even this!
Here I’ve done two tries on this drawing…both utter failures. I may make a do-over in the future, but not now.
I’m too frustrated.
And now I’m feeling insecure about choosing the next subject…will I have the drive, to do what I want?
Drive, get it?
Well, at least I kept my promise.
Every so often, I do something that, to me, is unacceptable. In other words I….fail. Usually I don’t redo the ones that miss the mark, but this time I will.
The featured picture is probably the best of the tries I made of this idea. I did it when I was painting with acrylic, rhinestones and glitter. I kind of miss doing that! I’m thinking of doing some more small ones, as a sideline.
Here’s another example.
However, it didn’t quite do it.
Here’s another example:
Yet another good drawing, but damned failure at what I was attempting to do.
So, there I go again. Making the best of my failures (in my regular life, too.) Maybe this time I will finally, finally get it! Or maybe not.
Right about now, all sorts of news stories are printed about the triumphs of the year. I however, with my contrary streak, am going to display my biggest flops of the year. It helps me to remember I can fail, and I hope it helps beginning artists not to be discouraged. Everyone screws up now and then.
So goodbye to the failures of 2014, and welcome to the triumphs of 2015. And probably a few flops in 2015, too.
Well, I finished “Grand Central Sunday Morning”, and I’m totally dissatisified with it. And no, I don’t have the patience to do it again. I realize that I have a weakness when it comes to architectual detail, such as I found out in “Sentinel”.
Every so often, a group of art students gather in Grand Central, drawing pads in hand to do a perspective class. I used to fantasize about stopping for a moment, and giving help to them. After this humbling experience, maybe I should take tips from them.
After taking a bit of time off, having fun, and desparing about finding another paying job….I’m working on Scraggly Weed, again. This time, I decided to take it slow, and as I did in Pocket Paradise, do each butterfly and each flowing plume as if it were a mini-drawing in itself….so, I’ve just started, nothing to show yet.
So, just for fun, I thought I’d show some of my failures…that’s right, work that did not make it into my final portfolio. So, relax, have a laugh, and realize I’m not oversensitive about my work.
This was my first try for View From Long Island City
“Going Home” final version. For some reason, it just didn’t come together, although the small version sold.
May redo this one. To be fair, this is the first drawing I did after about a 10 year hiatus.
And I think the rest have already been posted. So, for you that I know are insecure about your artwork, just remember, we all have failures.