After I sent out my artistic year-end review last week, several people wrote and said “all of your art is so wonderful.”
I appreciate the praise, but no, all of my art is not wonderful! Trust me on this one. I have plenty of rejects and failures just like everyone else. I’ve spent years going off on tangents that never amounted to anything, and more than once I’ve been on the edge of total despair, ready to give up.
Art is not a linear process. In order to grow as artists, we take risks and try things that don’t always work out. That’s the nature of art.
I thought it would be fun to give you a behind-the-scenes look at some of my less stellar work as a way to keep it real. Enjoy a good laugh at my expense!
This first piece looks like Alice in Wonderful was thrown into the blender and reguritated onto canvas.
24 x 24 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas, 2015
I’m not sure what I was thinking with this black piece. I guess I thought the background colors would show through more.
30 x 24 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on burlap, 2009
Doesn’t translate well into black and white.
14 x 11 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas, 2008
One of the least inspirational landscapes I have ever seen.
24 x 30 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas, 2009
This one just looks like muck.
30 x 24 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas, 2008
Not a good idea.
30 x 40 inches, acrylic paint on canvas, 2006
36 x 36, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas, 2012
Strange alien landscape.
22 x 30 inches, acrylic paint on canvas, 2006
Kind of scary looking with the sprayed black around the edges.
30 x 24 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas, 2007
Not enough contrast or interest.
30 x 30 inches, iron oxide, graphite and repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas, 2017
And there are plenty more where those came from! I’ve just shown you a few of the lowlights.
Where’s your bleeding edge and how are you pushing the envelope? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.