Convocation Speech #2 of 3

Convocation Sketch #2

This piece is one of three which were impromptu pieces during a speech. The inspirations for each mark can with the words of the speaker.

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Some Mistakes Are Good to Keep

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” – Scott Adams

I personally think that a lot of individuals have been taught to fear mistakes. As children, were were┬árewarded for perfection, while condemned for mistakes. I think that it is important to look at the positive side of mistakes: learning to own one’s actions, reflecting for better future decisions, and gaining first hand knowledge about that specific event or action.

You can never be afraid to make a mistake. If you never try, you will never know. If you succeed, that is great. If you fail, that is just as great. Either way you will have learned something new.

The same goes for painting. If you allow yourself to be open to possibilities, you might venture down a path which will lead you to something more interesting than what you had previously imagined.

The Lady with the Veil by Alexander Roslin- Master Copy

The Lady with the Veil by Alexander Roslin Master Copy

I feel in love with the original painting because of its detail and how Roslin approched the fabric. Although, I think the painting is somewhat successful, I do feel that I could have taken more time to give care to those same areas. Still, I enjoy “The Lady with the Veil (His Wife),” especially the eyes.

Second Portrait – Female Medium Close Up

Second Portrait Painting in Oil
Second Portrait Painting in Oil

This portrait study took a great amount of focus. It was difficult at first (trying to understand the angles and structure of the body, before manipulating the surface to look like the subject’s skin), but I learned a lot through every brush stroke. It exercised my ability to paint what was in front of me, rather than what my eye thought it saw.