I finally “finished” this painting about a month ago and by finished I mean I had to let it go. This painting was started in June of 2016 and I just couldn’t get it right. I spent 10 months on the darn thing and it went through so many stages but I never ended up completely satisfied. Meanwhile during the months I spend working on this painting I started (and finished!) five other paintings, three drawings and two linocuts. That’s sorta ridiculous. I usually would have abandoned something going so bad fairly early into it, but I just couldn’t give up on it. And though I’m still not completely happy about the results, I’m glad I didn’t toss it to the side and end up painting over it.
I did learn something extremely important, I need to spend time on the planning and sketching stages of the piece and not blow it off. The five other paintings that I completed while this was on the easel, were all well thought out. I did many sketches and worked on the composition on paper before taking it to the panel. For this one I did one sketch, was kinda happy with how it looked, and then jumped right into the painting. I was too excited to paint and did not work out all the kinks on paper first.
So no more! What’s a few hours working on getting the sketch composition just right compared to months painting and then repainting and then repainting some more?
Here’s a few photos of the process this thing went though.
Now it’s time to let it go and start sketching.