More or Less Successful?

Blog-IMG_5066-webPainting progression, October 6, 2015

What do you do when you’re unsure about the quality of your own artwork? Do you reach out, try to learn, ask for help? Or do you hole up and wait for the uncertainty to pass? Do you go public or do you hide?

I tend to hide. I like to show the good paintings and pretend the weaker ones never happened. Of course they happened. They happen to all of us. I just prefer not to admit it in public.

The only problem with that is that maybe I’m not the best judge. You get too close to your own vision, especially when things aren’t flowing easily and you’re working really hard to start them again. So right now I’m wondering if the turtle tendency helps or prolongs. To maybe find out, I’ve decided to test it.

For the next while, every couple of days on these pages I’m going to post that day’s work. Started, in-progress, more or less successful, finished or not, I’m just going to show. I want to find out if that takes off any pressure to make good.

What do you do when you’re unsure about quality? For now, this is me.

Who are you?

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6 Responses to More or Less Successful?

  1. Charyll Newman October 7, 2015 at 8:53 am #

    I really enjoy seeing work in progress so thank you for taking the plunge (loving your “turle tendency phase”. 🙂

    I am always taking photos of my work as it is created. Not all of it I publish but it helps me understand my process better.

    You are right we often are not the best judge of our own work. How many times have I posted work I was not particularly fond of as part of a 30-day-challenge (or some vehicle like that) only to find the painting resonates with others.

    • Laureen October 10, 2015 at 8:42 am #

      Very interested to hear that you find just looking at the photo record helpful in understanding your process. It helps me! Thanks for all of this.

  2. Paige Mortensen October 7, 2015 at 12:32 pm #

    Great idea … And I know one that takes a lot of courage. Go for it! The rest of us will enjoy your art in all its phases.

    • Laureen October 10, 2015 at 8:44 am #

      I do seem to think of “reasons” why I can’t do it today and have to keep reminding myself that I promised 🙂 Reach still slightly exceeds grasp!

  3. Eve Barbeau October 7, 2015 at 8:35 pm #

    Yup, hole up. But I’m not always the best judge either and sometimes what I thought was good loses it’s flavour and other times failures gain favour.

  4. Laureen October 10, 2015 at 8:46 am #

    Sometimes they do seem to settle down when you leave them alone for awhile! I’m hoping this process helps me see what I’m doing more quickly.