I really did it this time. Last week I decided to try to finish an old screwed up painting that was in the studio. Right now, I have about 15 unfinished paintings hanging around the house. Most of them have potential but still need more work to complete. Some of them are hanging behind my easel.
As it turned out this wasn’t such a good idea to try and return to an old painting. I remember a while back reading in Emily Carr’s journal about when she was trying to paint a mountain and she couldn’t get that mountain to come alive. She ended up working on it for days or maybe it was weeks only to have it fail in the end. She became frustrated over the whole process.
Well this is exactly what has happened to me before and now it has happened to me again. I’ve just spent the last four days trying to finish this blasted painting in the image below. It appears to have gone further south than when I left off last year sometime. Emily gesso’d over her mountain. I am wondering if it is better for me to white this painting out too, just like Emily did.
What the heck happened to the back of the Evco Spray tug. I guess I could call it a short box stern. Like a short box pick-up truck. It’s not good enough to exhibit but I thought it was close enough finish off. Now I don’t know what to do.
I guess the question is when you put down an unfinished piece, is it possible to come back after the inspiration for the idea long gone? When I return I am not the same person experiencing the same insights as when I first started the piece.
Maybe if I was more of a technique type painter it would be different but I am a touchy feely type artist.
Here’s a few pieces that I’ve put down but seem close to being done. (the color and angles are off on some)
I don’t do a lot of technical prep work before I start a painting. I see something, I feel something, and I paint something. Simple as that, I stick out my tongue, I grab a brush and I get to work. I think this approach is my greatest problem. Maybe I need to focus more on the analytical mumble jumble before I start to paint. Then just maybe I would have less unfinished work on my studio walls.
What do I now do with all these great but not finished paintings I have in the studio? I really don’t like having all this incomplete work lying around and I would really like to overcome this issue. What do other artists do in this situation?
I really did it this time trying to fix that painting of the Evco Spray. I think I should just white it out and start again. I’ll let it go for now . It is time to pick up my brushes I am going to get back to finishing the painting of the Foam which I had started last week before it is darn well too late.