A Lesson from the Devil

My Friends,
I’m experiencing a self-imposed studio sequester (say that 3 times fast) and will be for the foreseeable future. Most of you lovely folks who visit here with me know I’d like to someday utter, “Yes, I’m published.” Well, I’m digging in my hooves and applying the only magic I know – persistent work. Feeding my family be damned (kidding, of course).

As I create the many monsters for my project, I’m learning or rather that is remembering as I proceed: If you rush or overwork your art, have a trusty garbage receptacle nearby. My trashcan is named Wandel.

There is a point where one must change direction but I can be bull-headed. When an idea in my head isn’t translating to paper, I often waste too much time trying to make the unworkable work. And then, when I’ve invested so much effort, what is the next logical step? Of course, trying to make it work. When Wandel starts talking to me, I know it’s over. I feed him a delicious snack of paper and scribble. He’s most thankful and I must begin again. In the end, I always get something better. It’s the letting go of what didn’t work that never gets easy.

I share with you below a failed attempt at a Jersey Devil. I’m too embarrassed to share the previous renderings which were worse. The Jersey Devil is supposed to be a winged half-man and half-horse creature (according to some eyewitness accounts). After several iterations of trying to create an original looking character, I gave up and fell prey to an easier approach. What I got was a red Pegasus with a migraine. I keep this unfinished devil nearby to remind me: Wandel needs to watch his weight and I shouldn’t feed the trashcan so much.

One can learn much from a devil 😉
bad devil pegasusThank you. May you dream of angelic devils who dispense sage advice.


14 thoughts on “A Lesson from the Devil

  1. And I thougth they were hockey players, but I think it is the New-Jersey Devils…:), and I like your ‘failed attempt’ I do have also a few versions that went more like sideways…:)


  2. I fed my Wandel almost a whole ream of typing paper last week. These Wandels eat well, that’s for sure. 🙂 Such good advice about slowing down and letting go, Miss. And I agree, one can learn much from the devil — perhaps more from him/her than from anyone/thing. And can I just say that I would be perfectly thrilled with your “failed attempt,” but then, that’s why you’re the artist. And I will also say it’s not “I’d like to someday utter …” but “I will soon be published.” Good for you on your “self-imposed studio sequester” 🙂


  3. Hi, AM. I’ve been lurking faithfully, but just had to tell you that I’ve never known anyone before who named their trash can. That gave me a laugh that almost was enough to thaw me out this morning. You’re doing good work. I am, too, but am just keeping it close for now.


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