Tuesday, 6 November 2012

FFF - Challenge 3

The three prompts for this FFF challenge are:
Headline prompt – Triumphs and defeats, what do you see as your greatest triumphs or defeats? What have they taught you? Which you have learned more from?
Colour – black and white
Quote – Not in the clamour of the crowded street, not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, but in ourselves are triumph and defeat. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
I have really struggled with the colour prompt. Piece of cake I thought, I do b/w illustrations for kids books, no worries! Ha!
In a sense this exercise was a defeat for me. However as the quote says defeat and triumph are in ourselves. I gave up on the above picture and moved to a different piece this time digital. I didn't like that much either, so gave up on the whole process. 6 Days later I look at them again and think well they are not too bad!The defeat was in my head.

The triumph is not the finished work, but what I learned. I learned, that sometimes you have to walk away from a piece when dissatisfaction sets in. I am a colour freak. Last challenge I said red was the colour I wasn't happy working with. I enjoyed doing that red journal page! These were darn difficult! So now I like red, and am really out of my comfort zone with b and w. The triumph was that I persisted, sometimes you have to make that jump and fly into the unknown

Linking to Fall, Fearless and Fly at Artists in Blogland


  1. Well said Sharon! And oh so true .... Intriguing pieces of art!

  2. Thank you so much for pressing on, revisiting your work, and completing this challenge. I find your work very captivating, and am so glad you joined Fall Fearless & Fly. If you visit some of the other artists, it seems like this color challenge was really hard for people. I wasn't able to stick to it, myself.

  3. You learned such a lot from this process, thank you for sharing.

  4. It's amazing how many of us were seeming to have a hard time with the B & W thing. I guess most artists are just addicted to color! So glad you stepped away and then shared these-there is so much movement and shading in both-well done!!

  5. I agree! This mirrors so much of what I felt while doing the B and W- it was extremely tough for me to abandon my usual colors! So glad you shared this with Fall Fearless and Fly!