Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.
~ Henry Ford
Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying ‘I will try again tomorrow.‘
~ Mary Anne Radmacher
Before: Invisable Influence, mixed media collage on multi-media board, 7.25 x 7 inches
This was one of my weekly quick collages. I liked where it was going, but the composition felt a bit disjointed and unfinished to me. I had never done a (mostly) black and white one before, and I was intrigued by the retro feel as well as the mysterious mood.
Before: No Direction Home, mixed media collage, 8.5 x 5 inches
This one was called No Direction Home, and it really didn’t have one. It was just kind of boring and blah. The reincarnated version bears very little resemblance to it. To me the new version seems kind of whimsical, in a somewhat weird and creepy way, but at least it’s not boring!
Before: Inside Out, mixed media collage on multi-media board, 9 x 6.5 inches
I thought this piece was OK, but it seemed to be missing something. Like, something more. More surrealism, perhaps? So I kept adding things, and I think it’s better, but is it too much?
“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.”
~ Marie Curie
It’s like the biggest secret in the universe that’s also right in front of your face. I won’t try to convince you of the merits of perseverance. Most of us realize, at some point in our lives, that it really is key to success, unglamourous and unappealing as it may be. It’s so tempting to blame our failures on other factors, including plain old “bad luck”. But at the end of the day, it usually comes down to giving up – a lack of what some call ‘grit’.
Not so coincidentally, I focused on perseverance in my last post, as well as in many others. There are actually two reasons I bring it up again here. The first is that I’m sharing with you a few more collages that are re-workings of some of my “weekly quick collages”. I had considered them to be failures, and they were just lying around taking up space. Why throw something out if you can recycle it, right?
The second reason is that it relates to my giveaway. The results are further down in this post, so I’ll explain when I get there.
After: Invisable Influence will be for sale in my Small Collages Gallery soon.
After: Harpy’s Nest, 8 x 5 inches
Before: Inside Out will be available in my Small Collages Gallery soon.
Moon Shadows, 9 x 12 print to be given away
I pushed my give-away deadline back, due to the fact that no one was signing up. At first I was inclined to just chuck the whole idea, but how could I do that, what with my constant obnoxious preaching about perseverance? I decided instead to try to figure out why.
It seemed that some possible causes were 1) people don’t want to give out their email addresses, even if it’s to someone who almost never sends out email, and certainly would never share it with anyone; or 2) people don’t like my work.
Neither of those seemed all that probable, though, once I was able to put my normal self-doubt aside. I realized it could be that people weren’t seeing my social media posts, due to facebook’s and instagram’s new algorithms. Someone did mention that in a comment, in fact. I also considered the possibility that people are just so busy at this time of year that they may not be checking their social media feeds very often.
So, what to do? I didn’t know if I could fix it, but I decided to try. Maybe I should send out an email letting people know about the giveaway, and extend the deadline again so they could still enter if they wanted to.
Have Patience, original collage to be given away
One of my instagram giveaway ads
Revised extended deadline social media ad
“Do it again.
Play it again. Sing it again. Read it again. Write it again. Sketch it again. Rehearse it again. Run it again. Try it again.
Because again is practice, and practice is improvement, and improvement only leads to perfection.”
Once again, perseverance paid off. After sending out the email blast, the entries started to roll in. Yay! They don’t hate my art after all! Am I the only one who’s so ridiculously insecure? Sheesh! The comments were all so nice and supportive. I am truly grateful for each and every one of you who responded. Here, at last, are the winners!