Friday, April 26, 2019

Artist Jen Hewett's Pudding

At the start of every new project, I have to remind myself that I probably won't like anything I do for the first few hours or days of it, and that this is all just part of the process. My sketchbooks are filled with ugly, not-good work, but often the important thing is to get the ick out of my system so I can move on.
~Jen Hewett



Jen Hewett

Jen Hewett was always creative, but it wasn't until she was an adult that she felt free to explore her creativity, because that involved trying things, making mistakes, and failing. She shared a family story about learning from mistakes:
[Auntie Maude] told me about her mother, my Great Grandmother Elma...my favorite story was about my great grandmother’s attitude towards cooking mishaps. She was a talented cook, but sometimes her cakes didn’t rise properly. “My mother never called those failures,” Auntie Maude said. “She’d slice that cake, pour some cream on top, and call it a ‘pudding.’ And we loved those puddings.”

...at the end of that year... the cake I’d made for my parents’ church’s Christmas brunch didn’t quite turn out the way I’d planned. So I channeled my great grandmother, and salvaged it as she would have. I sliced that cake into tiny bits, then added some frosting, a pint of cream, and a handful of frozen raspberries scavenged from the back of the freezer. While serving the cake, I recounted my Auntie Maude’s story, and my mom declared it the best dessert she’d ever had.

Cakes, life, work – none of these things have ever turned out quite as planned, but out of it all has come quite a bit of pudding, and immense gratitude for the lessons of failure.
Sometimes we have to just leave the ick in our notebooks, but sometimes we can turn our mistakes into pudding. Are you ready to do both?

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Today's Quote: Winston Churchill


Text:
...no boy or girl should ever be disheartened by lack of success in their youth, but should diligently and faithfully continue to persevere and make up for lost time.
~ Winston Churchill

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Today's Quote: Mel Schwartz


Text:
...the perfect individual would be a constant reminder to all others of their shortcomings. Not to mention that they probably wouldn't be much fun to be with. Who would really tolerate, let alone enjoy, being with someone who was perfect?
~ Mel Schwartz

Saturday, April 6, 2019

On Walking Through the Front Door


photo of Lucy by Cara


A tanka poem today about furry friends who really don't care how imperfect you are!

"On Walking Through the Front Door"

those days when I scale
the highest peaks, your tail wags
and those days when I have
failed miserably and more
than once, your tail wags

© Carol Wilcox, 2019

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Today's Quote: Beverly Sills


Text:
You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try.
~ Beverly Sills