This has been a hot topic amongst the members of my creative think-tank/inspirants lately. We have all been facing mountains and have had to decide whether to go big or go home. Sharing this discussion with like minded artisans has been helpful. My favorite phrase of the week was coined by Patti the Potter: audacious failure. She decided that if she ran the risk of failing, then please o please let it be big and audacious; let the failure count for something. In other words, even the act of failing can be an art. Savor that thought with your morning coffee.
So, oops, where was I? Here's an audacious failure:
Andy Braitman had us mixing oil and WATER and throwing it on. The water gave me away! it seeped under the gesso and bubbled up detaching large swatches from the canvas. Andy barely blinked....pull it back he instructed, open up the bubbles and let it dry. oh yuck.
We were to see something in our beginnings and let the joy sing. Many cups of coffee and all I could see was this mocking white goat or a unicorn if I were so inclined. Not my genre. Turning the canvas each morning I tried some more. Hey? what did I have to lose? that's the great part about failing audaciously...as a learning piece there is always more to gain.
Here we go, it is a start and I was hoping to have more to show you but I could not add another layer until this portion dries (learned that lesson the hard way...). Do you see anything emerging? Can you see that I really, really wanted to save that interesting turquoise blob slightly to the left of center? I had to commit to "using" the folded gesso and eliminating some of the fascinating spatters to get this far. More sacrifice ahead but also more additions. I hope you can see what I see....if not stay tuned. Going big or going home!
I leave you with a finished piece. I seem to have sand dunes on my mind.
24" x 30", oil on canvas
Enjoy your weekend. I wish for you the comfort of friends who not only allow, but encourage, you to fail and fail audaciously!