Monday, August 23, 2010
Not everything that falls off the brush or, in this case, the fish, works well. That is all part and parcel of the process of making art. Some pieces that don't work get trashed, some are put away to be looked at later and some are worked on further to see if they are salvageable.
I was printing a herring using a variety of supports and with not quite enough ink on the fish, I rolled it onto a small piece of watercolour paper that I had nearby. The result wasn't great. The ink didn't print well onto the paper and I didn't press the fish firmly enough into the paper to get a strong impression.
I sloshed on some watercolours randomly and this emerged. Still not great, but interesting merging of colours and shapes.
So why am I showing you my rejects? Simply because I want people to know that not everything I do is good. Not every stroke I make is positive. Not every print is successful. And that's a good thing.
It may frustrate me at the time, but ultimately it helps me learn and keeps me humble.