The other day, my teenage daughter opened a "wise" fortune cookie that said "a failure is an opportunity in disguise." She asked me if it was deep enough for me. Ha! I don't put much stock in fortune cookies, unlike some people who go out to buy a lottery ticket on account of a particularly lucky fortune after a Chinese meal.
Nevertheless, the incident got me thinking. Hm. I pulled out a "failed" painting to give it another shot. It was sold on eBay last fall, but alas, the buyer failed to pay up. So it wasn't my painting but the eBayer that failed. All the same, I knew right away what to do.
"Autumn Central Park" was based on a photo I took two years ago when my then college department took a bus-load of students on an educational tour to New York City. It was mid-November, but we had an unbelievably mild, gorgeous weather! We walked through Central Park, our destination being the Metropolitan Museum of Arts to see its world-famous Egyptian collection.
I am glad that I still had the painting in my possession so that I got another chance to work on it. It had a good bone structure, so to speak, but my original execution somehow lacked conviction, especially in the foreground shadows. The fortune cookie was right, don't you agree? A failure, indeed, is an opportunity in disguise!