Sometimes you work on a creative project that comes together like a dream. It all just WORKS. You are filled with inspiration and artistic amazingness. You are in awe of your own raw talent. Every brush stroke is a masterpiece, each element a triumph.*
Then other days you just screw everything up and make a million mistakes and can barely draw a stick figure, let alone create an artistic rendering of the human form.
Take this little lady, for instance. I have never sworn so much in all my life.**
Everything went wrong with this piece. First of all I did the design on the wrong side. That hole at the top? Shouldn’t be there. It should be on the side, so that when you thread ribbon or string or whatever it will hang from, the picture will be on the side facing out, instead of turned on its side. Duh.
Then, I stuffed up the face several times and had to keep painting over it. This meant that the paint underneath got lumpier and lumpier and, me being me, didn’t let it dry sufficiently before trying to repaint it so it ended up lifting off and making the lady look like she had some sort of pox.
Then I smudged her features (eyes etc) and had to repaint AGAIN. Then I tried doing blushed cheeks but made such a mess of it I had to stick a butterfly on her face to disguise what looked to be very bad acne. Whilst sticking the butterfly on, I tore it slightly in a couple of places, but had to still stick it down because it was the only little butterfly I had and part of it had already adhered.
THEN, I attempted to glue the text on. Positioned it perfectly. Then realised I’d put the words on in the wrong order. The original wording was “incredibly dear”, and I had glued “dear incredibly”. So, after having to scrape off what I could of the words, I had to find replacements, which took FOREVER. Eventually, I got the new phrase stuck on, in the right order and without too much fuss.
So, this little lady was a right madam and I was very glad to finish her. But I kinda liked her, in the end. So she was high-maintenance – who isn’t, sometimes? I’m really annoyed about the hole at the top being in the wrong place but can’t do much about it now! Each project is a learning process and that includes all the mistakes. I’m also learning (the hard way) to be more patient and not be in such a rush to get things finished, because that’s when I do silly things that end up costing me lots of time.
Hope you experience success in all your endeavours today – thanks for dropping by 🙂
* Granted, this doesn’t happen very often. Not to me, anyway.
** Probably not true. I am a bit of a potty mouth.