Yes, completed on time! Doesn't it feel good when you make a deadline and you don't feel you have sacrificed on quality?
I so enjoyed painting this. Though, as with every painting, there were times when I didn't think it would work or I looked at the painting and it felt it was missing the mark. That is a dangerous time when an artist has those thoughts and feelings.
That is when I feel like a TV doctor on a soap opera, standing in front of the patient ... the patient's life in my hands...one false brush stroke, one mistake with the palette knife and the painting could die before my eyes!!!! (Sorry, all artists need a bit of drama. It helps keeps us passionate about the work).
When those times come, when you don't think a painting is working but the idea for the painting is still a good one, step back and try this.
1. Hang the painting upside down or look at it in a mirror. If you can identify the weakest part, fix that first.
2. Ask your official critique partner/wife to tell you what bothers her the most. ( keep this conversation limited to the painting)
3. Place the painting against the wall surrounded by a few of your best and worst paintings. This helps you see where it sits on the scale of previous work.
4. Finally, get dramatic! Pretend you have money. Would you purchase this painting? if not... why?
I would buy this one....if I had money.