While painting plein air, one beautiful morning, this 9x12 was proving to get the best of me. I pronounced this one of my worst attempts, ever. Emotionally exhausted, and artistically challenged, I went home, threw it into the "paint over" bin, and tried to get over the experience of failing on such a beautiful outing!
The next day after calming down a bit., I saw a few things I liked about the piece, especially the composition and prominent patterns, and maybe some subtle broken color. Truly, there was little drawing in the piece. I discovered that if I squinted my eyes, at the seemingly fractured mess, I could determine there was clearly, an ACTUAL fractured mess! Subsequently, after repeated deliberation, I decided to give it a chance to escape Failed Panel Purgatory.
As it happened, the next week, I entered it into Plein Air Southwest. Of course, it didn't win any awards, nor has it sold as of yet; but several of my artist friends (now my best friends) loved it and made it a point to comment on it. I enjoy looking at it when I see it and will be glad when it comes home to my personal collection. Go figure.