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Saving the Best for Last

August 25, 2013 by admin

As I pass around the trays of food at the table loading on portions of everything that comes my way I of course try to get away with putting a little bit more of my favorite. Sometimes it’s not possible when there are measured servings, but I do look for opportunities. I’m not the type of eater that eats 1 item then methodically moves to another, well  not anymore. My parents through repeated teachings removed this habit, but one thing I’ve been able keep all these years is my saving just a little bit of my favorite food for last.  Something about going away from the table with the memory of the “pièce de résistance.”

steak dinnerThe dinner table is not the only place I would do this. I’ve found myself doing it for years with my art, and probably to my own detriment.

What do you do when you enter an art show? You enter your best piece right? Not me! Forever I would take what I thought was my second best painting and enter that, because I would not want to “show my cards” so to speak. Seriously I have no idea why, some sort of crazy mixed up thinking that has nothing to do with eating your peas first and your steak last.

Is it that “Ace up the sleeve” mentality, wanting to always have something you can throw out if the card you put on the table wasn’t quite good enough? How about when you are at your local art store, and the bonus rewards card says you’ve earned a $10 credit, do you want to use it now or your next purchase?

Well I am pleased to say I will now take that $10 credit on this purchase, and I put my best painting forward. For me time is ticking too fast to be messing around and holding on till next time. There may not be a next time, no guarantee there. And if your artwork is not good enough, I’ve got more paint, get out and try again.

What Rick would tell me when I’m painting, don’t be afraid to lose a painting in going for a great painting. Put forth your best effort, and

Late on the Klondike

Late on the Klondike

if it’s not your best, make it your best, and if that doesn’t work, try again.

Since I have adopted this phylosophy, I have won more awards, and accomplished so much more. My confidence is up along with the quality of the art. I’m not a gambling man, but there is risk when throwing all your cards out on the table, but like they say, “without risk, there is no achievement”.

But I still save my favorite foods for last. Some habits die hard.

4 Responses to “Saving the Best for Last”

  1. Greg:
    You are such a great writer. I always enjoy your writings almost as much as your artwork.
    Teddy

  2. I DO THE SAME THING… eat the peas first, save the best for last, have always been like that, don’t see that changing… I think that’s a good trait 😉 I love your blog as much as your art!! Look forward to reading and seeing more… barbara

  3. I can really identify with not wanting to mess around, but to really move forward. And I want it now! I recently began reworking a painting that I thought was really good. Man, that was hard to start going over what had been so precious to me! But it’s almost kind of a breakthrough to be able to say, well, I can do better than this. Better to pass up good to go for the great.

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