The Forgotten Ones
I’ve really forgotten just how busy school can be. It can be fairly difficult finding time to focus on painting when hours of lessons, study and homework occupy your time. To counter these time constraints, I could easily paint quick, meaningless pictures to post on my site, but that would take the fun out of the whole thing. A true painting, regardless of the artist’s skills, should take as much time as the artist feels is necessary before it is a masterpiece. Other people may not see it as a masterpiece, but to the artist, the painting has a truth and meaning to it; a sense of achievement.
Then, there are those abandoned paintings. Experiments. Unfinished ones with no future. Those that an artist deemed unworthy and cast away. They are either consigned to the rubbish bin or shoved to one side of a disorganised desk, and then they are lost among random piles of paper, usually never to be seen again.
Today, a small trimmed piece of card looked up at me from underneath a dusty old book.
I was painting something new at the time, but the small eyes of the a damaged bookmark looked longingly up at me, and instead of posting a new work, I thought today I’d dedicate a post to remember the forgotten old paintings that were never truly appreciated.
In some ways, they’re the artist’s best works. They may not look like much, but without practising one’s skills and failing, one cannot hope to learn.
The ex-bookmark I’ve posted today was one of my practise paintings when I was trying to paint something for my pointillism post. Unlike the bookmark to your right (my first finished pointillism bookmark), the above picture is untidy, uneven and unbalanced. It is messy. Most artists only display their best works because for them, their average works are ugly. Not many people would want an amateur picture or unfinished painting either. But today I hope to save one forgotten picture from its fate. There is something beautiful about this frog bookmark. The points are applied randomly within certain designated areas. They are spaced too far apart from each other. It is only a preparatory piece, yet today, maybe only for a few short minutes, this abandoned frog earns stardom.
So I’d like to end today’s post by asking all you artists out there, to look back at your old works and remember them. I ask all writers to remember their worst first drafts; all musicians to remember those lyrics that you thought didn’t work; all photographers to remember those hundreds of pictures you may have deleted because they ‘didn’t look right’. Look back on those forgotten ones, because without them, you wouldn’t be where you are today!
Posted on September 2, 2012, in Announcement, Article, Artistic Bookmark, Painting and tagged Art, Artist, forgotten, Frog, musician, old, Painting, pointillism, writer. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.