|The Alamo, 12 by 9, watercolor|
That was a defining moment in art for me, that I've written about this week for another arts blog, information to come soon.
I never framed the painting, but just tossed it in pile file in my closet where the not-so-good and failures and rejects and I don't know what else go. I throw very little away and you never see the real failures...it's all part of my continuing art education.
I go through it every once in a while, for ideas, for inspiration, for a self-critique on my work and progress. Every once in a while, I see one that should be rescued and framed, that looks better "after all these years." It paid off during the Paseo Arts Festival. An experiment I painted of Taos Pueblo I hauled out and framed, and it sold for more than $500 from Adelante Gallery. Lesson--paint more, experiment more, let paintings sit and, like writing, maybe they'll grow on you, as you grow.
|The what do I do with these watercolor file in my closet.|