Trying something new is always interesting. Sometimes it goes well and sometimes it’s a disaster. Either outcome – you have to try it again. Because if you want to get good at something the only way is practice.
I was recently teaching myself how to do a Charles Hawthorne “mud head”. Hawthorne pioneered the use of a model in the bright sun light. He’d give his students only a palette knife so as to eliminate details and had them paint the essence of the person. For more on mud heads see this link: Egeli Gallery.
Here’s where it gets interesting, if you know me or my works, you know I don’t “do” people or animals. I’m not very good at it so I avoid it. But I was intrigued by Hawthorne’s approach. I knew I had to give it a go. But what if I “failed”?
Luckily for me it was almost 70 degrees in February so I was able to convince my ever patient and willing wife to help. I had her sit on our patio where I proceeded to try my first mud heads. Two of the four actually captured her essence.
Here’s where the lesson learned is: You always have a choice how to view the outcome.
I could either be upset that two didn’t work or I could be ecstatic that two did. Which do you choose? For me I have chosen to be excited because this is a whole new potential path for me. So when you try something new:
- Don’t be discouraged if the reality (outcome) doesn’t match your vision
- Try it again and again, learning from your attempts
- Enjoy the process of changing your boundary lines
In fact, since this exercise – I recently did my first painting that had figures in the landscape. Enjoy. This painting will be for sale in the upcoming Chestnuts at The Hermitage – 250 Years of Jackson show.
onwards and sideways,