The past two weeks have been ones of false starts and disappointing results. I have made three attempts to make a portrait of my darling great, great nephew. He is the cutest little boy and I had wonderful pictures with which to work, but making a portrait was not easy. The first two attempts I wouldn't even show here and I was not thrilled with this one either, although it's much better than the first two. Since it is only 8" square, I decided to put a border on it.
I also started a small quilt using photos printed onto fabric. What I thought was going to be fabulous is just terrible. Stash that one in the circular file! Then I started another venture on Wednesday. Although my original premise is not working, I still have high hopes for it. It involves dyeing some more fabric today, since I used up so much on the false start.
I have a quote posted in my studio that I think is perfect for this situation:
"Art is the appearance of effortlessness and the perfectly right choices. What is hidden are the sloppy paint cans, the crumpled pages on the floor, the canceled ideas and promises."
I don't know who the author is, but I can soooo relate to it right now. How about you? Have you had periods like this?