30×30 inches oil on canvas 2016
Finishing touches put on yesterday.
I try so very hard not to overwork my paintings. It’s all about the freshness – a snippet in time – movement, and energy. My personality seems to lend itself to quicker work. If I find myself getting too fussy or precious, I get tight, bored and am likely to scrape it all off at the end of the day. (Have done this more often than I want to admit 🙂 ) And if I’m bored, then ….. well, you’re right there with me in boredom land.
Hardly a foolproof system.
Janet Fish once told me, sometimes all you need to get back in the game is a visual break – go for a walk into nature – then come back and look again. That fresh eye can make all the difference!…. especially when I get lost in the process and just can’t see it anymore.
Another tip from the art world: view paintings in a mirror. Try it – it’s fun! New image entirely. Art reboot.