My Creative Resolution – Watercolor, Illustration, Print Pattern Design

Success and failure

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img_0712You win some you lose some. I guess that’s just how it goes. When you are painting everyday, you’ll love some of the results and some not so much. And when you are painting and posting everyday, you end up sharing both the successes and the failures.

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If I was the Ref I’d call my bundt cake a win and my Coke can a loss. I usually try not to share too much about what I think about my final results. Early on in my blog, I got a comment that said stop whining and putting yourself down. I was initially very hurt by the comment. But I tried to see the message behind it. I was being very hard on myself and was often presenting my work with my own negative commentary.

I’m often hardest on a project right when I finish it. After a little time passes I see it differently. To post a project and list all the things wrong with it, was selling myself short. After that infamous comment I stopped doing that. It was an internal shift for me as well because I started focusing more on my achievements, instead of apologizing for my shortcomings. The Coke can isn’t my best but it is the 19th painting on the heels of 31 days of ink drawings, so I’m patting myself on the back for that and getting to work on today’s painting. 😀

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Author: Eileen McKenna {my creative resolution}

Web and Print Designer living in New York. I blog about painting, illustration, and designing patterns. Inquires are welcome.

14 thoughts on “Success and failure

  1. I think that’s fair comment, and sure, self-criticism can be very destructive and maybe not especially attractive to others. BUT on a positive note (as a fellow veteran self-criticizer) I also think ‘it depends’. Sometimes a bit of truly constructive analysis as to why something didn’t work and thoughts on how you could fix it next time can be really interesting. Surely there’s no shame in saying that you feel one picture’s been more successful than another? As you intimate, not every picture can be a ‘winner,’ and that’s part of what keeps us in the game, isn’t it? And I’ll agree with you, in this case it’s the cake that really takes the biscuit! 😉 ❤

  2. I think it’s OK to share your feelings on your art because it is how we learn. Your can of coke my not be your best work in your eyes but it’s the REAL thing – meaning you didn’t give up and kept at it! So yes, do pat yourself on the back!! I think both are winners!! ❤️🎨😍👍🌟

  3. Your blog shows raw process of creating art. I like that you don’t hide the bad or non-edited piece of work and truth is that it happens to everyone. I can relate to it. All creativity is not display perfect right away.

  4. I love the bundt! And I would be. Dry proud of the coke too!! 😉

  5. I so appreciate your view. I love your brave honesty. It is important to be honest with yourself and your art, while still recognizing the triumphs and giving yourself a much needed pat on the back. Last year I did a painting a day project. It was torture sometimes to post what I considered subpar artwork to my IG account. But then I considered the fact that my ultimate goal wasn’t to make a masterpiece everyday (every other day would be okay LOL) it was to show up and practice drawing and/or painting everyday. It was a public journal of progress, where I could easily look where I had been and see improvement with time. I now look back some of the things that I posted last year and can’t believe how horrible I think they are. I just remind myself that I have made leaps and bounds in technique since then and I grab my sketchbook and start today’s painting/drawing.

    • Thanks Jaimie! It’s great to hear from you. You are so right. It’s painful to post sometimes! But more often, especially with daily work, I’m like wow I made that. When I look back on October (I was drawing for InkTober) there are so many more successes than duds. And I already know that it will be the same for the November painting prompts. For me it’s all about progress and with posting holding me accountable to create, I’ve come further than (sounds cliche) I thought was possible. I found my a personal style, and now it’s about refining and pushing myself. I’ll be checking out your IG. 😀

  6. Great post.
    Success and failure go hand in hand with each other.
    In every success the failure is already included

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