“What is it?”
Those are the three little words no artist ever wants to hear, especially one who’s still relatively new to the art journey. In other words, especially ME!
Usually my husband is my biggest fan, and each day I eagerly show him whatever art project I’ve done while he’s been away at work. Recently, however, when I proudly showed him this pastel piece, I was greeted with a puzzled look and those three awful words!
“What is it?”
Now, in my husband’s defense, I have to say that he has trouble distinguishing certain colors. In this particular pastel piece, the colors are a bit muted. And I should point out that I had a little trouble while drawing this. The waterfall was supposed to be going over more of the rocks, but in the reference photo — this was from a lesson at The Virtual Instructor — I was having problems figuring out exactly what was rock and what was water, so maybe it is hard to tell exactly what this is. Oh, and those are leaves and bushes in the background…in case you can’t tell that either.
I really didn’t think the picture was so awful. I rather liked it, in fact. At least I did until my husband came home. Now, every time I look at it, I ask myself again, “Is it really that bad?”
Look at the soft blue water. Look at the waterfall splashing over the rocks. It’s not all bad!
Of course, once I pointed out the rocks and the water, my husband nodded, and I know that was meant to appease me, but all the while I could still see that look in his eyes. He still couldn’t see it.
Not everyone sees things the way we do, and sometimes our work might not be recognizable. I guess that’s one of the lessons we all have to learn at some point on our artistic journey. I just hope I never have to hear those three little words again.