"I think Richard's point on the card above is well-stated. When teaching photography I often tell my students that it's necessary to take a lot of bad photos in order to make a few good ones. In my painting and mixed media and mail art I…"
During my graduate studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, I wanted to find a way to move beyond my sketchbooks and make more-public work. I also wanted to relinquish some control over my designs (and giving those pieces away did so).
I started mailing postcards and letters to (mostly) strangers in 2010. Before mailing each card, I scan them and post them on http://meaghandee.tumblr.com. I have now created 400 cards (377 of which have been mailed).
I think Richard's point on the card above is well-stated. When teaching photography I often tell my students that it's necessary to take a lot of bad photos in order to make a few good ones. In my painting and mixed media and mail art I accept the goofs, mistakes, failures, etc, because I'm more interested in the process than the product.
Of course things, are different if it's someone's job to end up with a product. I can also see the satisfaction derived from providing a product that is useful to a client, provides a solution, or one that someone simply enjoys. Other than in photography, which is a different subject than what I'm referring to here, I've never had the kind of skills I would be able to apply in that way, so in painting, mixed media and mail art, I concentrate on what I find interesting. And it has been fun.
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