A word often used to describe something that is average, but was expected to be much better. Ordinary, uninspired, forgettable, amateurish...
This is not how I normally like to think about my work. But here's the thing: Unless you are willing to take risks — to fail, if necessary — you're not allowing yourself to really succeed!
Above is a painting of a swan, in acrylic. I didn't love it.
While marbling over it helped, it didn't completely "fix" it.
Marjorie Johnson, who was taking my workshop at the time, said "Well, you can't turn a pig into a princess" ! So true. But what I love about this process is the journey.
And we don't know yet where this painting might go...
This kingfisher I also painted in acrylic before marbling.
The marbling originally was too contrasty, so I and added a wash of white gouache to subdue it and put the fish in the bird's mouth with watercolor.
It's currently at OSA's show, 200 for under $200.
This barn owl was painted as a demo at the Painters Showcase art show in September. Marbling added interest but it was still not fabulous until I overpainted with my "black" mix to create contrast for the head and stamped a feather pattern.
The result — an award winner at the OSA show!
So, go ahead and set a high bar. Expect to excel, but accept whatever happens with the understanding that it's the doing that is important. And the learning.
I'm never going to love everything I paint. But how else will I know what direction to take my work unless I give myself room to experiment? And play.
I found this crocus while cleaning my studio... not necessarily a BAD painting, but I don't LOVE it! Marbling might help. I could also cover it with watercolor ground and start over, if it doesn't! All I know is, it will evolve.