If At First You don’t…

You know the saying, “If at first you don’t succeed; Try, try again.” Or maybe you are more familiar with the saying, “If at first you don’t succeed, throw in the towel.” Or maybe you like, “If at first you don’t succeed, you probably shouldn’t have tried it in the first place.”

Poseidon, Greek god of water. The Roman water ...

Now you may be wondering what in the world a picture of Poseidon has to do with “If at first you don’t succeed.” Well nothing really, but since this post is about Poseidon, I thought I’d introduce you to him early.

What I was trying to do was a sculpture of Poseidon, or Neptune if you prefer, as part of the Hawaiian mountains. After all, the mountains came up out of the sea, which is Poseidon’s domain.

P on mt 1I was not unhappy with the first one, but it didn’t turn out exactly as I wanted. It had Poseidon sitting on the mountain and what I wanted was for the God to be part of the mountains themselves. 

So I tried again. This time I made the character first and then built the mountain around him.

Chunky 1Chunky 2There he is. Chunky old goat, aint’ he? Well maybe his chunkiness will blend in with the rugged mountains. But I think he is better than the first one with him sitting on the mountain and those skinny legs that are just not strong enough to hold up a God.

Chunky 3

Front of mountain

Chunky 3 Back

Back of mountain

Here’s what I finally ended up with. It still didn’t turn out exactly as I wanted it to. I’m not going to trash it, but it just ain’t what I envisioned. Oh the joy of learning experiences and being able to try again.

Oh, by the way, if you like my attempts in the realm of ceramics, why not take a look at my book. It might even be good idea as a Christmas present. Instead of stuffing their stocking with candy, stuff their Kindle with a good book.

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4 responses to “If At First You don’t…

  1. What a wonderful creation! Own it with pride.

    • Paul J. Stam

      Aloha Sheila,

      Thank you so much for letting me know you liked my post, “If at first you dont…” on Second Wind Publishing. I went to your site and loved your “Spooky Abandoned Places” from Scott Nichols. Also the Calif. ghost town. I will be following you. Thanks again and Aloha

      Paul J. Stam

  2. Ah, fun! Nice to see it grow.

  3. Paul J. Stam

    Yeah, Sheila, the pottery is a lot of fun, and as you say, “see it grow,” but sometimes it doesn’t grow, it just rebels.

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