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Another experiment with changing the background color. Original on the left and xerox of the original on the right with the new background painted in. I also made some changes to the drawing, which I am much happier with. And painted a little on the figure. Couldn’t help myself. What do you think? Which one do you like best? © 2017 David Limrite

“To sing a wrong note is insignificant, but to sing without passion is unforgivable.”
Ludwig van Beethoven

Make A Lot Of Bad Art

I am not talking about setting out to create terrible paintings on purpose.

I am talking about ending up with bad paintings because you were trying new things, pushing your materials further and further, taking risks (both big and small ones), and not settling for something nice, pretty or cute.

And, as a result of these aggressive efforts, you end up with something less than desirable. Things cannot be both new and perfect at the same time.

However, because of your failure, you learned a lot, and you experienced tremendous growth as a creator. You learned what works and what doesn’t work for you. Which you can then use to attempt your next creation.

The more paintings you make, the better.

And, the more bad paintings you create, the better artist you will be in the long run.

We are not going for good, safe, easy or likable. We are trying to create work that is passionate, emotional, powerful, stunning, amazing, beautiful, intriguing, funny, dangerous, shocking, odd, whimsical, thoughtful, provocative and different.

We want to stop people dead in their tracks and make them pay attention.

Push. Risk. Try. Make bad art. Learn. Make awesome art.






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