September 13, 2010
Cover-up: (n) concealment of evidence of wrong-doing, error or other embarrassing information
I love a good cover-up - especially if its in the creative domain. So when I saw a craft idol discussing the judicious placement of a faux cabbage rose or spray of feathers to disguise a millinery mistake, I was full of admiration.
In my mind it completely legitimises the use of the cover-up.
For most, "quick, hide the evidence" is a last resort. For me: a personal mantra. If I had a dollar for every sunken cake back-filled with icing, or decorative applique sewn over a scorch mark, I'd be a wealthy woman indeed.
Of course, not every cover-up is a success and there are many traps for the young player.
Take this early sketch, for example. Following a number of failed nose renderings, the furry marsupial got a ... leaf.
Its all about the context, people. Hat with cabbage rose: good. Possum with naso-mandibular-foliage-substitution ... well I'll leave you to decide.
How about you? Do you engage in the creative cover-up? Do tell - it will just be our little secret. I promise.