A Sideways Look

A Sideways Look

A Sideways Look

My high school art teacher made a big impression on me. I still remember many of her sayings from 50 years ago or so. One I think of nearly every day is that there is no such thing as a painting that cannot be fixed, but there are plenty of paintings that artists gave up on. For the most part, I find this to be true for me. If I am persistent enough I can get most of my sketches to a point where I am OK with them.

This sketch is an example. I began it last week and then abandoned it, thinking the errors were too significant to overcome. This evening I noticed it again as I leafed through my sketchbook and I imagined my old teacher saying, ‘finish it’. I put it on my easel, made changes to the hair, skin and background, and, just like she said, found that I do like it after all.

This is gouache and pastel sketch on black paper.


About Sarah Sullivan

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1 Response to A Sideways Look

  1. Sheila says:

    This is wonderful, Sarah. I find the same thing, infact some of my best art has journeyed from White paper/canvas – to total failure – to favorite painting. We take bigger chances thus leaning MORE when a painting moves from failure to failure – or failure to success. Either way…. we learn. This is a Success! 🙂


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