Saturday, January 02, 2010

Daily Painting Practice - When is a painting Finished - Northwoods Lake


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Needs a title
Northwoods Lake
30"x40"
oil on canvas

You may think it is a simple thing for an artist to say  "I'm finished!" or  "It's ready to sign!" but for me it is always a hard decision, when to call a painting... complete. Sometimes, I jump the gun and call it finished too soon (usually when I am bored with the composition...not a good sign)  Sometimes, like this one, I can go on forever making changes.  I could paint all four seasons in the same painting if no one stopped me. Luckily, I have  my art productivity moderator /wife to keep me on track. If she calls it done I know I must be close.

I need to call this one soon because my competition entry deadlines are approaching and I have 3 more paintings to  "complete" .

12 comments:

Ed Terpening said...

I'd say, done! Looks great.

Steve Gibson said...

Great job! Just the warm summer scene we need on this cold midwest winter evening.

Sandra Galda said...

so beautiful, nicer weather than what we are having...

Susan Sawyer said...

Looks done to me, and I want to be transported into that place.

Anonymous said...

We hear the wind blowing through the rushes, smell the pines, and feel the warm sun on our faces. You captured that special moment in time beautifully. RePete and Moss Queen

Cara Dawn Romero said...

Beautiful -

A.Decker said...

Well, like others, I must say, beautiful. But I have to add, I feel like I need waders! ;-)

Kala Nair said...

Beautiful paintings .... i love your blog and often gets inspiration to start off mine.. thanks .. here is my blog where i share my art ...http://kalasbrush.blogspot.com/

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Vivon said...

As a painter myself, I can relate to the feeling of not being sure if my painting is really finished. That's why I seek help from fellow artist friends with this decision.

memory foam said...

Well, beauty is in the eye of the beholder some says, but for me, what helps me decide is my self confidence and a little consideration of someone else's perspective :)