Thursday, August 12, 2010
Cut your losses.
It’s really hard to let go of an artwork that isn’t living up to it’s potential, isn’t it? It’s sort of like your baby – yeah, it has flaws like everyone else, but you love it anyway. And sometimes we have to remind ourselves that it’s not a baby, and take some harsh measures. That might mean tossing the whole thing out and starting on something fresh, maybe reworking a section of it, or it might mean cutting your losses. Literally.
The painting of the poppy that I started awhile back was doomed from the beginning. I had trouble getting the background to cooperate. If I hadn’t used staining colors I’d have been alright. Maybe. But there was no lifting to be done, and trying to cover it up was only muddying things. So I cut it nearly in half.
Now I’m satisfied with it.