try again, fail better

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    Postcard for A, created for Waste Cut & Paste group: except for the demi-goddess (upper left), which came from a trashed art book, all the images are from my junk mail.

    Humorous note: the arm with the sword is from a Barbie catalog. It's part of a Barbie doll version of Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow. If you look at the fingers, you can tell they're plastic. =laugh=

    Samuel Beckett provides the title. The full quotation, I believe from Molloy, is:
    "Try. Fail. Try again. Fail again. Fail better."

    "Failing better" is a concept I often think about when I'm making collages, since I'm a 56-yr-old doctor who's never had an art class. I've only been making collages for two years. Perhaps Robert Browning's version of the concept will be more familiar to you: "Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp,/Else what's a heaven for?" I keep telling myself: just attempting to make art is worthwhile, even when I don't succeed.

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    1. Arcano23 [deleted] 42 months ago | reply


    2. epemsl 42 months ago | reply


    3. KeddyO 42 months ago | reply

      thank you for the commentary - very illuminative

    4. Peter Wago 42 months ago | reply

      great collage!

    5. Fi Webster 42 months ago | reply

      Thanks, Karl. I'm doin' pretty good these days. =smile=
      Thanks, y'all!

    6. -Snapatorium- [deleted] 42 months ago | reply

      Fabulous use of junk mail!

    7. sjseals 42 months ago | reply

      Wow...your work is so interesting, I particularly like this collage :o)

    8. Humphrey King 42 months ago | reply

      superb, beautiful!

    9. Fi Webster 42 months ago | reply

      thanks so much! I like your work, too. You should try cut-n-paste paper collage some time: I'm a digital artist as well, & I find that doing collage improves my digital work, & vice versa—the more media, the merrier! =grin=

    10. nini_nini 41 months ago | reply

      I Love your works, Fi, and your descriptions!!

    11. gr8plunder 41 months ago | reply

      I like your descriptions as well as your work. Well done!

    12. 76 Totters Lane 41 months ago | reply

      Love the title - love the work - definately not a failed work

    13. urtaur 41 months ago | reply

      great job

    14. GPMTZ [deleted] 41 months ago | reply

      This beautiful chapter has been seen in WRITTEN PAGES.


    15. zneppi, the photo freak 41 months ago | reply

      This beautiful chapter has been seen in WRITTEN PAGES.


    16. Fi Webster 40 months ago | reply

      Thanks for your kind words!

    17. aprendizdascoisas 40 months ago | reply

      brilliant!very clever and strong !

    18. Angie Naron 39 months ago | reply

      : ) HAPPY NEW YEAR Fi!!

    19. Fi Webster 39 months ago | reply

      Thank you so much...HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

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