I think many of us artists have this problem – knowing when a painting is finished. Sometimes, without our realizing it, a painting is finished back a few steps. I know my tendency is to want to pick away, making the tiniest of tweaks. Often this can eradicate the spontaneity that was there especially when it comes to work done en plein air. We bring the piece back into the studio, study it, and then see the ‘flaws’ which we need to ‘correct’. Often these so called flaws are what bring the painting to vibrant life and ‘correcting’ them brings along a slow death. Unless we stop in time. And when is that time?
For this blog, I have another pastel I did last summer on Salt Spring Island. I can see a few things I think need to be rectified but so often, those improvements I make, though beneficial in one way, are often not in another. So rather than getting to work altering it right away, I’d love to hear your opinion. I won’t bias you by telling you the things I think I need to work on, I’ll just leave it open for your opinion. Is this pastel finished? And if not, why not?
Let’s have a look at the pastel painting as is then I’ll take you through the step-by-step progression. It was an overcast day and that made it challenging to bring life and colour to the painting. Nevertheless, I saw a scene with a great design of trees, ocean, and land that I felt was exciting enough to paint.
So what do you think? Is this pastel finished? Is it nearly finished? Or do you think it has a way to go yet? All opinions welcome! Like I said, I’m thinking about working on a few things but I’ll mention those later in the comments once we get chatting.
Have a look at the pastels and my set up:
Right, that’s it for this time. I sure look forward to hearing from you!!
Until next time,
PS. I’m excited to let you know that I have a guest blogger next week!!
PPS. This pastel above was done on Salt Spring Island on a plein air outing with my Mum and Dad so I had to include a few photos with them 🙂