Saturday, April 14, 2012

finish

As an artist, one question that I must be asked time and again is, "How do you know when you are finished with a work of art?"  It is truly something hard to answer but there is a feeling that when you walk away nothing is tugging at you.  Quite often, I must admit to needing the time to step aside and leave it and then I can see what needs to be strengthened or punched up.

I know countless artists who have numerous works unfinished.  It has nothing to do with procrastination but in finding just the right ending or finish.  Have any of you ever experienced this?  The joy lies in stepping back and saying, I have reached the end or the finish.  Like a marathon runner or writer so much of the work is in the training or the words, yet crossing that finish line or ending is pure victory.

13 comments:

Laurie of Lulu and Daisy said...

That painting screams HOME to me. Just beautiful! I agree on the finish. I know I have tons of unfinished. I am not sure if I have a fear of over-painting or not.

Karena said...

You are speaking to me girlfriend! I have a work of art in my Master Bath that I want to put some finishing touches; however do I really need to? I have over-painted some and become really unhappy with the result.

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xoxo
Karena
Art by Karen

LPC said...

P., when I write, I try to write until I feel that click of done! I can almost hear it. Do you have a similar internal indicator?

the gardener's cottage said...

i don't know how you do it but you do it so well. i stare at the painting you did of my home quite often and wonder just how you got the tiniest of details perfectly executed and yet the whole picture is just so relaxed. truly the work of an artist. xo

Mary Timmers said...

Even the paintings I have finished have a "spot" that I think could be improved on--but only I know where that spot is!

Patricia Anne McGoldrick said...

Write to done works for me as well. sometimes though I pause and go back to finish later.

Town and Country Mom said...

Such an interesting post. Many writers start at the end; or, at least, they have the end in mind (last sentence, usually) when they begin. Visual art doesn't allow that luxury. I think a lot of potentially good art has been ruined by folks who didn't know when to stop. Clearly, you know when! Beautiful painting!

ann chamberlain said...

It is so sweet and beckons the viewer to come on in. Success!

Acquired Objects said...

Stepping away is always good it gives you a fresh eye. You do such amazing work and I know the lucky person who will be receiving that painting will be thrilled.

Enjoy your Sunday!
XX
Debra~

quintessence said...

I would imagine this is rather difficult for painters. A work could go in so may different directions. Stepping back perhaps gives you some additional perspective in how "finished" you want the final piece to be!

Reggie Darling said...

Some of my favorite paintings are those left unfinished by the artist. One wonders, why is it so? I love them. One that comes to mid, is Gilbert Stuart's portait of Martha Washington, in the collection of the MFBoston...

for the love of a house said...

oh Patricia, I love this particular painting... you can just feel the charm of the house!!

xojoan

Claudia Lane said...

Beautiful x