Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Fail...


My ability to produce a staggeringly bad painting is only equaled by my ability to produce several in a row.

This piece has been wiped down already...

11 comments:

Stacey Peterson said...

Oh, come on - I've produced much worse!!

Of course, they do always have to come in groups don't they? Just in case one scraper isn't bad enough, it's always followed by a few more just to keep that ego in check...

Frank Gardner said...

It wasn't that bad. You should have left it.
Nothing wrong with wiping them down though Jason. It is the painting them that counts.

There should be a class where you just get one board, and after each painting have to wipe it off for the next one. That would teach something about not getting attached to your art.

David Lobenberg said...

Sometimes I turn a stinker acrylic into an abstract. Looking forward to see you soldier on with the pepper.

Jason Waskey said...

Stacey:
Yeah, it comes in waves, groups and streaks.

And I've made waaaaaaay worse paintings. :)

(thanks for the comment!)

Jason Waskey said...

Frank,
Thanks.
I dunno... when a piece is that bad (at least to me) the only thing to do is to remove the offending little bugger from the record of humanity.

On the other note, at Parson's I had several classes with Bill Clutz who was one of the biggest influences on me in terms of artistic development.

"There should be a class where you just get one board, and after each painting have to wipe it off for the next one. That would teach something about not getting attached to your art."

That's exactly the sort of thing Clutz did. It was very powerful!

Jason Waskey said...

David,

I was going to leave this well enough alone, but after your comment, I realized that I had to tackle it again..

:)

Frank Gardner said...

You can get a nice toned board from a wipe off at least.
That sounds like my kind of class. I would like to teach a class like that, but everyone always wants something to show for their effort.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

Oh, I've seen much worse! In fact, the drawing is fine, maybe just not enough sparkle.
I remember Charles Sovek (a huge loss) saying to the group. "don't make anything too precious."

Jason Waskey said...

Frank,
I think that if you're teaching the class, you can make 'em do what you want.

Clutz always used to say that if you can't repeat it, then it was an accident, and as not fully formed artists (read: students) he was right. We didn't know enough to make appropriate choices.

In a class situation, the goal is the learning, not the product. Tell 'em that on day one!

Jason Waskey said...

Mary,

True enough about not making something 'too precious.' On the other side of that coin, if there isn't a good bit of honesty in the process (in this case my ability to interpret what I see before me, with what I believe I am capable of painting), the work won't ring 'true.'

The 'sparkle' comes from doing your best...

:)

Bronwyn, said...

I think you're rather hard on yourself Jason - but I do like the lights & darks of the new version.