I am a fan of watercolor painting. I’ve only recently gotten the hang of it, but still- I have experience. So when I heard we would be painting in ink today, my thought process was, “Oh great! It’s just like watercolor. Something I know how to do!”
Well, for those of you who do not know, ink is not just like watercolor. As I’m sure you can tell from the above picture, I clearly did not have a successful first attempt with painting in ink.
I would be discouraged, but listening to what my professors are saying has been very helpful. Professor Dietrick brought up the news story about a woman who had tried many times to swim from Cuba to Florida, but had only recently succeeded. She mentioned that, for the woman, the success was that much better because she had failed before, and had finally accomplished her goal. Professor Schatz mentioned in my FYE class that professors in the art department at Kent don’t necessarily expect you to succeed on your first try, and that we will have to restart projects.
So yes, normally I would be unhappy with failure. I’m used to getting things on the first try, or easily fixing what I’ve messed up. However, I find myself more enthusiastic about the situation than anything. I can start out fresh. I can put my own style into what I’m creating, rather than doing what I think is “right.” Then, I can be fully confident to have my name on what I am submitting.