Friday, September 22, 2006

Almost finished - one for the website

You are all invited to a sneak preview of a not quite finished yet painting. This is one I have been struggling with for a while. I am posting it because I am determined to finish it this weekend and I know if I post it , I will feel compelled to follow through. Ah, the games we play to do the things we need to do.Here are some progress shots as I slowly get closer and closer. I have her sweater and hands nearly done. Then it is on to her face for some major surgery.
This is very tough. I am trying to make sure I build the form of her face and keep the flesh tones fresh in the direct sunlight.
Close up detail of work in progress
Click the picture to enlarge it
I am almost there. I hope only one more day.

Here is today's art therapy.
One problem I have when doing larger work is maintaining a disciplined approach. I often put the work down for a while and come back to it. I tell myself I need to look at it with fresh eyes.(I should call this blog the art of procrastination) I come back sometimes weeks later and make a little more progress. Then put it down again. This can go on and on, until I either finish or decide it is not worth it. What a bad habit to fall into.

Here's why: First, as time passes, I loose interest for the piece. Second, I am still learning and developing, my painting style seems to change rapidly. When I come back to a painting that I put aside, my painting style doesn't fit the painting any more. Both of these result in not finishing my larger work.

So here is my new commitment written in blood (Ok it's only red text): From this day forward I will only paint in a continuous disciplined manner, with the goal of completing each larger piece of work in one week (or maybe two).


12 comments:

Anonymous said...

This looks like it will be a fantastic painting Peter. Why do you worry so much, your work is very good, your paintings every day are real, you must have noticed that a lot of them out there are re hashing old stuff and also are not very good artists. But your work shines through, in my humble opinion. Anyway I rate your work, so theres a gold star for you:)

Releia said...

oooh...I really like it. An unusual setting but being beautifully handled. I too struggle finishing large pieces in much the same manner as you do, although yours turns out much better. Thanks, again, for posting your progress in unfinished work...it sure helps encourage me when I'm midway through and stuck.

Lisa said...

WOW!!!

Lisa said...

WOW!!!

Lisa said...

WOW!!!

"van Vliet" Art Blog said...

Nice painting Peter. Can you tell us more. How large? How did you arrive at composition? Candid shot, life, pose, collage? Very nice work. I have the same issue of finishing several paintings. So my goal is to not start anything large or lengthy if I do not have definate interest. Thanks for the update.

Takeyce said...

So cool. Peter. Your values and details are just amazing. Thanks for sharing.

Robin Weiss said...

Just a really nice painting. The faces tell a story. makes you wonder what their thinking, what their lives are like. Subtle, beautiful rendering.

D.Wienand said...

hi! ho!
Peter Yesis, its the first time i'm comming across your blog surfing. I'm from germany (city=Hamburg) and guess what, I'm painting too...:)
So my advise for u:
(1) stopp it, I mean quick finish off your paintint IN ONE GO!
I once did a 2x3m Painting and after a while you get weak..I think that's natural.
(2) The other thing maybe, try to find some inspiration to your painting, I mean what was it that you started it? Try to catch the same inspiration again ...maybe look how other old Master were doing Gras-Painting ect.
(3) get up at 6 in the morning with your brush in hand

I have a Blog on:
http://donadm.blogspot.com/
If you like, you can add me to you list of "Other Daily Painters" ?
I'm another (daily) painter.. not realy daily...but, well almost :)

J Matt Miller said...

Wow, you are fearless, Peter. What an incredible painting!

cheryl meehan said...

What a wonderful painting. Thanks for sharing your angst. I too feel like I change styles quickly, but who knows? Your work looks pretty consistant from what I've seen, ambitious and real good.

cheryl meehan said...

What a wonderful painting. Thanks for sharing your angst. I too feel like I change styles quickly, but who knows? Your work looks pretty consistant from what I've seen, ambitious and real good.