force finish

I am up in the wee hours of the morning, examining the painting I’ve been working on.  I am nearing the finish, or so I feel right now… a finish will be forced, as usual.  I rarely can look upon a “completed” piece and feel that closure I expect.  I have yet to judge a painting really, definitely complete.  They may be framed, they may be sold, but they may not be  “done”.  I can let go, slowly to the emotion attached to each piece as it walks away, but not without wishing I would have had it back on my easel for a moment of final examination.  I will finish this piece very soon, but not without re-attacking the other half of this diptych- again.  It is still mine to control, to violate, to smear with emotion.

3 thoughts on “force finish

    1. lol! I was hoping to hear some little bite of personal philosophy on when a painting is “done”. Those checklists are great – but what if MY mood changes every time I’m in my studio? It throws a monkey wrench into the whole list! lol No, really, thanks – good to have that checklist in mind. 🙂

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