When I work on a painting,
I usually know when it is going to be amazing.
The corners of my mouth are constantly turning up and I am delighted with the paint blobs that are twirling off my brush.
Yesterday that was NOT happening.
For 5 hours I struggled to make "it" work.
No smiles, just frustration.
But I was determined. The pencil sketches were done and approved and the deadline was fast approaching.
"I WILL make this work".
Well, it did not work.
Ugly, ugly, ugly was staring back at me after all that "wasted" time.
With acrylic art, you can go back over it again and again till you get it right.
This was watercolor. You get one shot.
All I wanted to do was toss it in the trash.
I even put it into Photoshop hoping to "save" it.
Was not happening.
But you know, the artist inside always insists on taking a second look to see if there might, possibly, be something, even a little something, that might be salvaged. Even when you don't like what you've created, it's still part of your heart.
And it seemed heartless to toss it in the trash.
At least I did not crumple it into a ball.
A second look saw a piece of "card art" staring back at me. A designer friend, once said to me, "Don't ever throw away art you don't like, send it to me." So there it was.
A piece of the UGLY, UGLY, had a little sunshine smiling back at me. That is always a good sign.
And as I looked over the page, there were more little pieces of card art.
All the arts on this blog page came from that original page of discouragement.
Now I see them as happy little faces of art grinning at me, urging me to look at discouragement and find the rays of sunshine.
I'm going to take these six images and create a pack of cards out of them and GIVE THEM AWAY.
Leave a comment on this blog page in the next 2 weeks-and YOU will be entered to win the pack of six cards. (Cards will be blank on the inside.)
So happy to share my sunshine with you.
Keep Your Heart Open.