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!