Blog: 6 Things to do when your painting is nearly finished
(or Making better art more efficiently and with less frustration)
Today I reworked the work I’d reworked (big-time) yesterday. Having spent yesterday afternoon photographing it and putting it in my inventory and on my website. And posting it Instagram and Facebook . Urrrrg!
So, I’m writing this to remind myself how frustrating and inefficient this is.
Lesson for myself, and maybe for you too:
- Hang the painting you think is finished up for a few days in a place you see it in passing. Look at it each time you pass. What, if anything, bothers you?
- Take a photograph of it and look at it on your computer screen. Often you see better what is wrong when you look at it as a photograph. I don’t know why, but you do.
- Analyse it – maybe even get your checklist out, if you have one - and go through it systematically. Decide what changes you want to make.
- Then take it back to your studio and make these changes. Try to stick to your mental list and not to totally repaint it. (Yep, that's me!)
- Repeat #1
- Then if all is good – and it has not got awfully tight and overworked, THEN paint the sides, enter it in your inventory and website, and post on social media.
I hereby promise myself that this is what I will do in future! Ha! I've just realized this is a remedial blog. Hope you find it useful too.
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