Upholding Ma'at

Journeying through the modern world with ancient ways.

Craft Friday…Well, Not Really


I have a horrible secret.  I’ve let my artistic skills go.  The current banner is a huge testament to how far I’ve let them go.  Just the same I’ve gotten back on my painting saddle in hopes I could finish a painting I started years ago.  I know some of you are already cringing and wondering why on earth I’d bother with such a horrible idea (for what it’s worth I used acrylics then and now).  I assure you after salvaging the painting I’m wondering why I bothered as well.

I made another horrible mistake in talking about my project (humor me) on facebook.  People grew curious and asked for photos.  After a bit of thought I figured I’d comply, only to find my batteries in my camera died.  While the batteries recharged I worked a little more on my salvage.  In time, spilt acrylic paint, and two charged batteries later I found a satisfactory stopping point.  I’ve decided to take a picture and show the world my work-in-progress, though honestly it should be a “throw-in-the-towel already”.


I decided to keep up the tradition of cropped, blurry, out of focus pictures at Upholding Ma’at with this unveiling.  It is a picture of Het-Hert where I depict Her in the form of the Celestial Cow.  I decided to use a part of the arm of the Milky Way to further convey this point.

I’m not sure what I’ll do with the painting once it’s finished.  I may stuff it somewhere, embarrassed by my poor skill.  Maybe I can auction it off for more funds for craft projects and for upcoming books.  Perhaps I could donate it for some worthy cause, like preserving bad art for future generations.  I may paint over it and start again.

I think I shouldn’t deviate from my stick drawings anymore and leave it to the professionals.




5 thoughts on “Craft Friday…Well, Not Really

    • You’re too kind. It probably doesn’t help I originally meant it to look drastically different than how it ended up. Like I said most of this is my attempt to salvage it.

  1. We work with what we have. There’s no shame in that. You’re making an effort — by far not the worst effort ever made — and I personally don’t think you should give up. And I *definitely* don’t think you should be so hard on yourself. Like any discipline, it takes time, patience, forgiveness, humility, and practice, practice, practice. Forever practice. We don’t just wake up one day, suddenly awesome at everything, much less anything.

    I’ve posted images of my own art on my blog from time to time. It’s not the greatest stuff to ever grace the eyes of man or beast, but I’m proud of what I am able to manage, when I manage it.

    You’re not a terrible artist. You just need to be more lenient with yourself and fit in practice more frequently. You can do it!

  2. It is a shame that you decided to post a blurry image – from what I could make of it it actually looks really good.

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