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:

  1. 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?
  2. 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.
  3. Analyse it – maybe even get your checklist out, if you have one - and go through it systematically.  Decide what changes you want to make.
  4. 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!)
  5. Repeat #1
  6. 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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