I Want to Be Finished…

I want to be finished…or when a painting doesn’t turn out the way you wanted it too…

I’ve been photographing my paintings for a couple of years now, and although I am by no means even a good photographer, I have a system figured out that works most of the time. But there are some paintings that I have a really difficult time getting an impression that really brings out the true image of the painting.

This painting has eluded me totally. I think one reason is that photographs are two dimensional, so flattening out a painting is taking out the three dimensionalism that one is trying to develop in a painting.

I took a picture of the painting this morning as it is sitting on my counter awaiting completion…

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I’m trying to show some dimension with background objects. Doesn’t help much, but here is my photo of the painting and I cringe when posting it, because it doesn’t look like this to me in real life…

bouquet finiIn real life I like the overall impression, but I think photographs can bring out mistakes or areas in a painting that need more work. Perhaps that is what I am seeing that I just need to adjust places that pop out at me.

Or maybe I just need to put it away from a bit and have a fresh look at it…?

I don’t know…it’s looking gloppy to me. I think I like it better in the top before picture, maybe I just need to soften it up a bit.

 

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12 thoughts on “I Want to Be Finished…

  1. Wish I knew enough about art to give you some advice. I think it is lovely. The dark background really makes it pop. It does have a very Impressionistic look. I do especially like the purple you added to the flowers.

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        1. I thought maybe you were talking about the reddish color in the flowers, but you were probably talking about the gray which was just lamp black and white. It looks a shade of purple to me too. I think I’m getting bleary eyed. πŸ˜‰

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  2. Im the opposite. Its hard for me to paint “impressionism” because Im all for details, details , details. I think its lovely, but I am like Pam, I dont really know enough to help. Maybe a few more details? (just kidding Karin)… I think its lovely πŸ™‚

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  3. Sometimes it is best to ‘put it away’ for a bit. Then bring it back out and place it somewhere where you will walk past it frequently – your mind is on other things and you catch sight of it and realize what is bugging you.
    A few other tricks are to turn it upside down, set it across from a mirror and look at it in the mirror (some people paint with a mirror behind them and turn around frequently to check), take a black and white photo, or look at it through the wrong end of a pair of binoculars so it is small.
    Hope you make your peace with it!

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    1. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Janet. I’ve turned it upside down and it makes so much difference. I hesitated to even post this today, but I’m so glad. Cindy, too, has talked about painting upside down, but I’ve never tried it. I’ll also try the black and white…:)

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  4. I am liking it. It is a bit gloppy – love that word by the way Karin! I think it is impressionistic. I like the added “details in the small flowers on the right. And the “glopps” in the green areas are really fun to me. Maybe a bit of smoothing in the white flowers would add some.. distinction. Definition…. difference. Juxtaposition?
    I agree you might need to step away from it for a bit, and give yourself a fresh look. I look forward to seeing it when you are finished, I have full confidence that you will create a beautiful piece!

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    1. Thank you, Thelma. I think that is what I’m going to do. I tried painting up side down, and it helped, but I think I need to put it away for awhile. Thanks so much for adding your advice. I appreciate it. πŸ™‚

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