I have been diligent in the studio this winter, working on pieces that I adore. Painting angels with soft wings and gentle smiles. I have also painted pieces that disappoint, and end up in the recycle bin folded in half not even worthy of a place in the local 'second hand shop'. Creating can be (for me) like photography. You take a hundred photos, and find that only a handful are worth printing for your scrap book. I've painted a dozen paintings, and find that I can only brave to reveal a few.
But that's not what today's post is about really... it's about my latest painting and a new-to-me discovery. You see, I interviewed this lovely girl from our community with an incredibly interesting story. We did a photo shoot, and I came home with a handful of great pics to play with. I've spent hours working on the painting of her and thought I was finally at the point where I could walk away.
Yesterday I posted the finished work on facebook and thought.... "finally, I'm done, and can move on" ... but here's what I find so interesting.
In the studio, under the light I use, and the natural light spilling in, I look at a pastel work, and think "yup, that's good". I take some photos of it and bring my camera to the house to crop and post them to my site.... and then this happens.... When I take a moment to look at the photos of my work, I notice things about the painting that I didn't see in the studio. I see mistakes, or better yet, areas needing adjustment. The photo of the painting causes me to see the work with a new set of eyes.
So what did I do with this new information? I went back to the studio and made some adjustments...
Normally I do find that as long as I don't have a pastel painting sealed under glass, I will continue to pick away at it... there never really is a moment as an artist that I can call something complete... but there is a point where I need to walk away, to move on to the next painting challenge. So, as long as this intriguing lady is in the studio, she will continue to change...
How do you know when it's time to move on from one painting to the next?