There’s a message I appreciate in the Kenny Rodgers’ ballad “The Gambler”. At one point in the chorus the Gambler says that during a card game you “have to when to hold / know when to hold ’em” .
The same thing holds true in creative work.
Several weeks ago I wrote a post detailing the process involved with doing a cut paper sculpture of a Hawker Hurricane, which was then going to be integrated with other pieces to make an Avengers illustration (Not the Marvel Team – Steed & Emma). The Hurricane was out of sight/mind while we bought a house/moved in the interim…
…and Patrick McNee died.
My concept for the Avengers piece has changed and the Hurricane is not going to work anymore. It will go into the Deitrick Home for Un-used Cut-paper Sculpts so it won’t get just round-filed, but it is still hard not to think I have wasted the time. I just tell myself that practice makes perfect.