Have you ever felt that you are just in the mood of finishing things up? I think I have definitely got into that mode lately. I have dug up all the projects started since the beginning of the year, reevaluate them and putting on that precious "finishing touch". Now, most artists I have talked with mentioned that they really like the final 10% stage of their painting process, during which one normally add one after another yummy details and see the painting suddenly coming alive -- well, not me, I almost always agonize over the last 10% of any painting, spending day after day wondering whether I should modify one more little thing, and worrying about whether that might significantly affect the "freshness" of passages laid down swiftly. I have not posted finished painting consistently for a few weeks now because of this unsure feeling, but this week, I decide to not over think and just go with my gut feelings. So here we go, another one finished -- another one long overdue. I have "evaluated" (procrastinated on) it for long enough. Another look won't give me any more insight and I am happy with it now -- and most importantly, I decide not to worry about whether I would be happy with it five days or two weeks later. As one's skills steadily improve there will always be imperfections discovered on earlier work later on, but it's no reason to linger over a piece and does not allow it to emerge at the time it should have. Whatever that needs to be improved can be accomplished with the next painting -- yes, there would always be a "next painting" -- a comforting thought for me...
... That is, if I can get around finishing all those projects that I have already started and bring them all to a proper finish! :-P
Watercolor on Lanaquarelle 140# Cold Press Paper , 10"h x 8"w, 2012 #37
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