Oh, Carp!

If you read my post from yesterday, I shared that today I would show you a piece of art that was a mistake or maybe what I should call an “unsuccessful experiment!”


I can’t really remember my reasoning for creating this acrylic painting on pastel paper… but it didn’t turn out that great… I think we all have these unsuccessful art pieces!  Am I correct?! 😉

Yesterday, I made it into a fish… An “uncommon” Carp:


I’m liking it much better now!

I encourage you to keep your “mistakes” and turn them into “possibilities” at a later date!

Cheers! 🙂


23 responses to “Oh, Carp!

  1. Hi Jill. I totally agree with you. Nothing is ever completely trash in art. And sometimes you just need to leave it alone for a while.
    Like your colorful fish

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  2. I like the first as much as the second one. I think the first one looks like a bird on a nest.

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  3. Yes I agree – I never throw anything away. Usually I come back to what I thought were disasters and think they are more invigorating than my usual drawings! the fish is great!

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  4. I actually like the original, but the fish makes excellent use of the pattern and colors. (K)

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    • Thank you Kerfe – I guess we all have certain ideas about our artwork. 😉 Sometimes what I think is fantastic, no one else comments and then the disasters get lots of likes! 😎 Go figure! Beauty is in the eye of the beholder is a good thing to remember – thank you for reminding me. ❤️

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  5. ha ha, I thought the first one was pretty cute! Using old art pieces for collaging is on the top of my want to try list! Love the colorful carp!

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  6. I LOVE the original! What didn’t you like? But the Carp is delightful too – and love your play on words. I keep a bin of mistakes myself and sometimes am surprised when I revisit. 🙂

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    • Thanks Jodi! 😃 I don’t know, guess it is a little busy. I have several piles of artwork I keep – collage material, art/techniques I want to explore further and art that could be framed. It is always fun to revisit past artwork and see how I have improved too! 🎨👍

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  7. Joe Marsha Urlacher

    LOVE Oh Carp! 🙂

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  8. Hehe loved the carp. You do know that all art is one step closer to success, right? Don’t discredit that journey. 😊

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  9. Very cute! I agree with you about art mistakes…my philosophy is that when you make a mistake you do something to make it look like it was supposed to be there! Nobody will ever know 😀

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  10. Beautiful transition Jill! I’m glad you took a picture of both.

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  11. This is awesome!! The first was actually rrally cool’ But the second is pure Jill genius! Love it’ 😍

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