Stopping In Interesting Places

People will often ask me how I know when a painting is done?

I tell them that I stop and put it aside and if I don’t touch it for a couple of months – it is ready.

I use the word ‘ready’ as I don’t think any painting is ever really finished. It has been released.

I came across a wonderful quote: ‘A painting is never finished; it simply stops in interesting places.’

Exactly! I have to stop each painting at some point. I need to be ready to let go, take what I learned from that one and apply it to the next. It’s a process and it’s fluid.

It is why so many artists are never satisfied with their work. They see what they could have done differently. This is a big motivating factor to try new things and keep moving forward.

It keeps us interested.

I will stop here now but I am not finished!

 

 

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