Failure is Good For Learning

Hi Everyone!

A big welcome to all the new readers!  What’s new? Well, I’m not happy with the way the new piece is turning out.  And because of that, I’ve been slightly disgruntled and off balance all week.  I finally decided to scrap it and start over.  Let’s jump over to the studio and find out what went wrong, shall we?



So here’s where I was after painstakingly trimming all the dark bits:



I started adding a gradation of grey which was going to get darker at the top.  It was supposed to make the blues really glow, but it just deadened the whole piece.   Also, I was starting to get really bored.  Why? What looked compelling in a small pencil sketch, just wasn’t that exciting when I blew it up.  Again, why?  Well, the single stem and the leaves were looking very static and predictable.  Yes, I had a good value range.  Yes, the colors are beautiful.  But there is not enough movement for my taste.  So, I scrapped it.


And then I just played with some movement:




And added some circular lines:




Well, now I had a lot of movement, but it was too chaotic.  So I removed some pieces.  Sigh.  Still not happy with this.  



Bottom line: when something is not working- STOP, and do something else.  I may need to take a holiday from this one for a while and come back to it later. Hopefully a fresh perspective will help.  Another good reason for working on a few different projects at once.  😆


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About Roxane


Roxane is a full time studio textile artist and teacher with two girls and 1 fat cat. She is a 2012 Niche Award Winner and exhibits her work all over the world. Her work is in several private collections and loves doing custom commissions.  For more info go to

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2 thoughts on “Failure is Good For Learning

  1. Roxane I feel your pain when it comes to fussing with something that isn’t working! Stopping and walking away is the hardest thing to do. I end up wasting so much time trying to fix something when time could be better spent creating something new, while the stubborn piece ‘rests’. I’m sure inspiration for this piece will come after you’ve been away from it for a while – it usually does. I really like it at the stage you show in the second pic, before the black strips went on.

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