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many early paintings turned out wrong to my eye ... muddy, heavy, mute ... paintings i labeled failures. i learned even these bungled jobs had value, like the mistakes and disappointments in life. eventually i appreciated that three skills are necessary to make progress in painting: to taste failures and discover the lovely, unexpected or creative things in them, to analyze failures to identify ways technique could be improved or done differently next time, and finally to let go of failures without getting discouraged. after all, unlike engineering failures, nobody dies in a failed painting.
Last revised 08.01.2005 • © 2005 Bruce MacEvoy