Friday, April 13, 2012

Success and failure

Here we are on a dusty, windy Friday. I have been struggling in the studio today, so maybe writing a blog post won't be quite as painful. I hope. Forgive me if I don't try for a great essay this time. My confidence has been severely shaken by art failures.

Maybe there are artists out there who want you to believe that they never have failures, or that they never struggle. They want to wear the hat of a master. I was brought up to tell the truth, and the truth of it all is that for every success in the studio, there have been a pile of failures. The reason why a good painting is so wondrous is that they don't come around every day. Not for mere mortals such as myself. I am willing to share all of this with you, dear darling readers, because somehow I know you love me despite my imperfections. And for that, I am eternally grateful.

"Contentment." Oil on canvas, 30 x 24 inches. ©2012 Karine M Swenson
Of course the only way to success is perseverance.

Happy Friday, everyone.

3 comments:

Anke Martin said...

HI Karine, nothing wrong with failure...life is a constant challenge, sometimes it works out sometimes it doesn't but we can learn everytime out of it.

Smiles, Anke :)

Nicole Hyde said...

I can relate! Awhile ago, I decided to show more of my failures and the merely Meh artworks because it's good for my ego. What I discovered as I took my head out of my own butt is that I love showing them now because I learn so much from making them. They are an integral part of the artmaking process that leads one to the good paintings. I no longer deny them, I embrace them. *pats my many clunkers on their sweet little heads* :-)

As to your new painting, yum! The colors speak to me of the desert and ancient geology and forces seen and unseen. Love it!

Karine said...

Hi Anke, Hi Nicole - yes, you are both so right. Failures are all about learning. I don't think there is anything wrong with them at all! (It's just that some days you kind of want things to work out just a bit more easily than other days.)
Thanks for your comments!