Two of the biggest questions an artist asks themselves are Am I Done, and Is It Finished. Sometimes, you’re just tired of working on something, and want it to be done. More often, it’s because you keep seeing things you want to tweak – lighten, darken, lift, add. There’s two ways that I deal with these questions.
You’ve heard the saying ‘you can’t see the forest for the trees’? It means that you’re so close to something, and focused on the details, that you’re missing the big picture. So walk away from your work, take a break. Then come back and look at it with fresh eyes. It’s amazing how a bit of separation gives you a new perspective! Maybe that’s how the saying ‘absence makes the heart grow fonder’ came about?
TAKE A PHOTO
In this digital world, taking a photo of something equals instant gratification. Take a photo of your work with your phone, or digital camera. Download the photo to a large screen, so that you can see the whole piece. A lot of times, you can see things in a photo, that you ‘miss’ in real life. It allows you a different view of the composition, and colours. This is the phase I’m at with this piece, right now.
This was a tutorial from Korinne Carpino, a very talented artist, during our Alcohol Ink Art Community Spring Conference. I had watched the tutorial weeks ago, and have been working from my notes, and the reference photo.
AM I DONE? IS IT FINISHED?
Well, what do you think? My painting is done on a 9″ x 12″ piece of Yupo, to be matted to 8″ x 10″. There’s a lot of different techniques used in this painting, including masking, direct pouring, lifting, and blending. I like the mixture of flowers, from the tall, light Queen Anne’s Lace, mid size Coneflowers, to the small orange/yellow flowers.
I guess you’d like to see the reference photo, so that you can give me your opinion on whether I’m done, or not! Here it is, below.
Keep in mind, I’m not going for an ‘exact replica’, or photo realism. What would be the point of that – there’s already a photo! I’m debating whether to add more of the broad leaves that are on the left side foreground; I may do that. What do you think?
Here’s another look, below. For this photo, I place a black mat over top of the painting.
I’d love to hear your feedback! Am I done? Is it finished? I always read the comments that you leave on my posts. Thanks for spending some time with me today!