Friday, May 25, 2012
Fridays at the Met 7
Today was very challenging, I thought copying the face was difficult but the texture on the fabric of her dress was just as bad. I, again, thought that I could make "my version of". Well, no! Copying is copying stroke by stroke. I'm not sure how close I came, but it was an exercise in discipline and patience. The instructor said that most people settle for something not entirely right, because they want to be done with it. As a result, their work never progresses to a new level and they end up wasting their money and time. There's a lot of truth to that and, just between us, I was going to settle. I was going to let that fabric pattern go and dazzle everybody with her beautiful face. But once he called me on it, I couldn't, because I want to be the best artist that I can possibly be, and there are no shortcuts. Maybe that was the real lesson today.