Sunday, February 3, 2013

Sure and Steady

Acrylic, 8x10"

 
This is one of the paintings I had partly completed during the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge.  I happily finished it today.  I realized this morning that I still had five I worked on during the month of the challenge that were not yet finished.  Two were started before the challenge and three, including this one, during the challenge.

In thinking this over, I realized I have a tendency to avoid the finish.  I remember my art teacher asking me recently if I had difficulty starting, difficulty facing the white canvas.  My response, "Oh, no, I have difficulty when the painting is almost finished, I like what I have, and I am afraid of ruining it!" 

Friends, I must bring the rest of those paintings to a finish!  I am happy this one is done.  I need to be willing to risk ruining a painting I like, or I will never complete anything.  I find the issue is much more pronounced when working from photos than when working from life.  I will soon be doing more still lifes.

 I decided I need to seek permission from the model before putting this one up for sale.  I did have permission to paint it.

6 comments:

carol edan said...

Really agree on your comments about "finishing" I am always afraid of overworking and "ruining". Glad I have a great teacher and mentor to guide me..

Meredith Adler said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one, Carol! Hopefully, our personal paintings practices and time with good teachers will help us get over it.

patricia cotterill said...

I go away for a while and see what you get up to!!!
I have found that when I want to start putzing, (is that a word?) is the time to stop.

Meredith Adler said...

Yes, I agree Pat. I am learning to listen to the part of me that knows it's time to at least take a break. I am getting better at the part about getting back to it and finishing! Watchers, Patricia Cotterill is the teacher I am referring to...do check out her site, from the most gorgeous interiors to the most personable cows, she is fantastic at it all! She was away for the month of January while all those great things happened to me, that is what she is referring to!

Cat Beringer said...

What a unique and intriguing subject! It makes me want to think outside the box a little more.

Meredith Adler said...

Thanks, Cat. I find the lighting in the surgery room interesting and wanted to paint it!

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