Are You Always Happy With Your Finished Work?

United States
July 15, 2008 7:23am CST
Very often, when I sit down to work, I simply pour my supplies out in front of me and go to work. I don't have anything in particular in mind when I do this, I just work. I am usually pretty happy with the results. There are other times when I have an image in my head. It may take me a few days to figure out exactly how to get the idea to work but, I usually do. However, once the piece is done, it looks nothing like I had imagined it. Not that the finished piece is bad. I am usually happy with the way it looks. I am just not happy with the idea that it didn't come out the way I saw it in my head. Are you always happy with your finished pieces?
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
31 Oct 08
I do counted cross stitch and quilting and there are alot of times that it doesn't turn out just as I wanted it to. Sometimes I will rip it all out and do it over and other times I just let it be. For some reason though, no one else sees my mistakes, everyone thinks their beautiful...I guess I'm my own worst critic. [b]~~MY OWN PEACE WITHIN~~ **STAND STRONG AND BELIEVE IN YOURSELF** [/b]
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• United States
31 Oct 08
I guess I'm my own worst critic I think we all are, twoey. I am like you, though, sometimes I don't like the way something turned out, and I will take it apart and start all over. Sometimes, I think, "Well, I might not like it, but somebody else might.", and I leave it the way it is. Where did you dig this old thing up from, anyway?*L*
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
2 Nov 08
LOL I have a folder on my desktop that I have discussions shortcutted to that I haven't gotten around to. When I have a few extra minutes I try to clean some of them out. I can't help it...there are so many discussions I like LOL [b]~~MY OWN PEACE WITHIN~~ **STAND STRONG AND BELIEVE IN YOURSELF**[/b]
@lucy02 (5017)
• United States
17 Jul 08
No I'm not. I have started acrylic painting and all my paintings are turning out too similar. I started painting a scene this evening that I had thought of last night and it turned out nothing like what I was thinking.
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• United States
17 Jul 08
Did it turn out similar to all your other pieces, though? Sometimes when I come up with one piece of jewelry, using a certain pattern, I will use it, reconfigure, modify,put a twist on it, etc., until I cannot come up with any more ideas for that particular pattern. I call it a collection and move on to the next project. Happy painting, lucy and have a great day.
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@lucy02 (5017)
• United States
17 Jul 08
Actually it did turn out similar..I hadn't thought of that.
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@myklj999 (18356)
31 Oct 08
I write, and I'm not always happy with the final outcome of my work. There are occasions where a piece I have written just doeasn't seem right to me; these usually find their way into the trash.
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• United States
31 Oct 08
Raises an eyebrow in interest You write? I would love to read some of your stuff! Please? Pretty, pretty please?
@MOMMASAM (1004)
• United States
17 Jul 08
Not always. I work in altered art and collage: paint, paper and found elements, etc. Sometimes I wish I had a better piece of "found" element. I have not been doing this type of collaging for very long and don't have a huge stash. Sometimes the Muse runs me. Some times we collide. In different types of art, you can alter it to make it work. i try and learn something from each canvas.
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• United States
17 Jul 08
Oh, I like that. Sometimes the Muse runs me, sometimes we collide. That is a great statement. And, I understand completely. I think I sometimes want to put a little more of me into something and end up doing too much. But, as I stated to someone else, we have to realize that some times our work is not for ourselves but, for someone else. That piece you are not happy with may be just the thing someone else is looking for. Thank you for responding and have a wonderful day.
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@vampoet (825)
• Singapore
16 Jul 08
i will be happy if i do finish my homework or tuition work because i will be able to do anything after i do finish except for playing psps gameboys ps2 ps3 ps1 xbox xbox360 or computers etc...i will just watch tv because some of the tv programmes is my favourite tv show and i can only play those games if i call my mother or father for playing.but my mother will not let me play but my father will let me play for awhile.
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• United States
16 Jul 08
Well, everyone needs a break, once in awhile. We can't work all the time. I am happy when I actually finish something, too. I have a lot of unfinished work lying in boxes, waiting for me to come back to it and make it complete. Have a good day.
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• United States
15 Jul 08
I like to sculpt and sometimes I just have to let the clay have it's own way, especially when faces are involved. I may start out with a specific face in mind but it rarely comes out like what was in my mind's eye. For some reason the clay just won't move where I want it to! So I normally let it have it's way and I'm rarely disappointed with the outcome.
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• United States
15 Jul 08
I really think that sometimes, as an artist, we just have to let whatever we work with have its way. We are the tools of our medium, not the other way round. When something comes from within, I think those are the best works produced.
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• United States
30 Jul 08
I always love your pieces come out. But I understand what you're saying. I wish I could start a drawing and it come out exactly how I wanted it to but that never happens. I think it comes out the way it is supposed to come out. That's what makes your stuff so personal and great. Because no one else is going to be able to put your ideas to work and come out with the same thing as you.
• United States
30 Jul 08
I think you are right. Whatever is supposed to be will be. I have finally decided that it doesn't really matter if I like the piece or not, if I have done my very best, and I work to improve more on the next piece, that is all I can ask for. Besides, just because I don't particularly like something doesn't mean that someone else won't get something from it.
@fifileigh (3619)
• United States
18 Jul 08
i am happy with my work because i put too much energy into it that i am happy i finally completed it...a relief from the stress of working on it. i might pick at it here and there, but overall i am happy with my work...
• United States
19 Jul 08
Hmmm, I never thought of it that way. We do put a lot of time and energy into our work and, we should be happy with it, whether it turns out the way we invisioned or not. Thank you for responding. Have a great day.
• Lubbock, Texas
15 Jul 08
I'm like you. If I start with an image in my head I can acknowledge that the finished piece is a quality piece, but I'm usually not happy that it didn't convey the idea I had in my head! I used to take it all out if it wasn't what I wanted it to be, but I've learned that it's not a bad thing just because it doesn't live up to my expectations.
• United States
15 Jul 08
I sometimes think that when that happens, perhaps the piece was not intended to please me but, someone else. Just because I am not happy with it, doesn't mean that someone else won't be absolutely delighted with it.
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