Friday, March 19, 2010

It Ain't Done 'Til I Say It's Done

We all have our quirks, right? Some more than others; but I can tell you with all confidence that I am pretty quirky. One of my many quirks is that I am hopelessly neurotic. I've been told countless times that at two-years-old I would check my mother's diaper bag to make sure that she had all the necessities for my baby brother. While I'm not to the Jack Nicholson level in "As Good As It Gets," I'm fairly sure some professional somewhere could dub me with a fantastic sounding disorder--oops, I meant quirk! So the amazing thing to me is that I can actually FINISH a painting and be happy with it.

Sure, there are times when I think that something is missing, and I'll go back and rework the painting until it feels right. (There's even an earlier post where I did just that!) But, usually, I'm able to come to the end of a piece and know that it's "The End."

I was asked recently if it was difficult for me to let paintings go. For some reason, it's not. And I think part of the reason is that I've really finished it--no going back and checking and rechecking--and I want to pass it along and make room for other ideas and other projects. It creates a flow, this passing on... So how 'bout you? When do you know that your pieces are finished? And do you rework and obsess over the details? Or do you know when the time is right to pass it along and go with the flow?

This piece is titled, "Beyond the Page" and features a kind-hearted Queen Alice. ;-)


pinkglitterfae said...

there is nothing wrong with having a few 'quirks', lol! it makes you more interesting :-)
I tend to obsess over my paintings, I work, then re-work, and for days keep going back and touching them up.
Now unlike you, when I finish something I love, I can't part with it...I have a Rapunzel painting I did years ago that I won't give up, even if I could do better now. I have a hard time letting go, lol! Not a good quality for an artist.

Your Alice painting is simply fabulous!!!!

claire barone art said...

she is lovely love the way you do your faces very brilliant xx

Faerie Moon Creations said...

Gorgeous!!! I love the little hedgie seated in Alice's lap. Really beautiful piece of art! :) Theresa

Fair Rosamund said...

What a beautiful painting! I just love your work. I drive my boyfriend crazy by saying I am happy with a painting, then second-guessing it to death, he he! :) I have always been pretty self-critical though. I am like you, I don't have too hard a time letting go. I am always excited to do the next painting and keep growing :) ~Lauren

Jaz said...

it's always hard to know exactly when a painting is finished. some artists believe that a painting is NEVER finished - you just stop at some point. I kind of agree with that theory actually! I guess there's always more you can do to it...

but yes - I think I get to a stage where I'm tired of a painting...or I'm extremely happy with it..and I know it's time to sign off on it. =)

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