I woke up one Sunday morning at 3:00am and couldn’t go back to sleep. When this happens I always do a painting. I gave up trying to sleep and now it is a great creative opportunity. I’ve done a lot of art in the wee hours of the night. I created this painting last February and just let my imagination take over. When it was finished I hated it. I thought it was ugly. My son actually liked it but he would never say a bad word about anything I did. I put it aside with the intention to throw it out-not even paint over it.
A few months passed and I was asked to participate in a show in Long Island City. I really didn’t want to do it. I didn’t think it was worth the effort of transporting my work and my good paintings were very big. I saw the ugly one and the size was perfect to carry on the subway. I was in a really bad mindset about this show. So I dropped it off and never went to the opening,came back in 2 weeks to pick it up.
I was greeted with a loud “where were you!” The gallery owner and producer of the show came running over. It seems an art website reviewed the show and picked the “ugly” painting as the image of the review. There were 17 artists in the show and the art was really incredible. But my work had something I didn’t see. Now “Melting Sun” is a treasure to me. Also a reminder I am not a professional art critic!
do you judge your work too harshly? Do you have an ugly creation that could be a winner?
A couple of weeks ago this painting was shown in the Riverdale Press paper as the highlight of the Gallery 18 show!