Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Risking Failure

I think I'm pretty happy with the results.  It's not my best or favorite painting, by any means.  But I'm glad I took the chance of ruining it in order to make it right - after all, it's just a piece of paper. In trying this method to pick up color so I can insert another, I learned something:  A- it works. B- next time, expect to need  places to put balancing color, and save them somehow!

I need to embrace my failures more - and, more important, risk them more - in order to learn and grow. This was one of those times.   Sometimes, though, the end result is so gruesome, it will never be shared - those are the ones that end up covered with gesso and used for occasional cat paintings.  Maybe we should start sharing those?  But, probably,  none of you have anything failures like that . . . .


  1. Risking failure is brave - and you can learn more from failures than from success sometimes. This turned out great, and I was impressed by your straightforward description of the process you used to put that orange in there.
    We can all learn from one another - but I agree with you - there are some that no one should ever see! Good for you for using gesso - I'll just throw it away - bad mojo with that piece of paper!

  2. I think you should be very happy with this - and with the fact that you didn't play it safe and made this even more visually interesting :) Beautiful!