July 12, 2021
Is it possible to fail yourself to success? Sometimes, or more accurately, occasionally, assuming you don't give up at the first, or second, or third, set back.
I am looking to do a series of illlustrations for a teaser campaign on our new book on Women of the Wild West. I wanted to cover the dog, as we say, and do some scratchboards and some gouache portraits of a variety of frontier females in a variety of heroic situations.
Daily Whip Out: "One Tough Broad"
So here's the inside skinny on how I got the, splotchy, border effects on the above illustration. My partner, Ken Amorosano, and I, were in the Valley last week in a rare rainstorm and we were on our way to an appointment in downtown Phoenix and we had about five minutes to spare, so, on a wild whim, I asked him to pull into a stripmall at 16th St. and Indian School Road, where Arizona Art Supply is. I told him to keep the car running and I ran inside and grabbed a handfull of scratchboards and paid for them and we went on to the appointment. Later, when I got home I realized I bought a few "hardboards" by mistake. I thought I was grabbing a bunch of scratchboards but a couple of these slick surface boards were in there (they were all stacked together side by side). So, I tried to paint on the surface of the hardboard with water soluable gouache paint and got all those islands of paint globs which was a total turnoff and failure, but then I kept going (key phrase) to see what might happen, trying to get some traction and after about four layers, I ended up here. Crazy, huh?
"Failure lies at the heart of all art and. . .any story about art is a story about progressive failure."