“The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with objects it loves.” -Carl Gustav Jung
In my previous post (click on link to see how this painting started), I began to talk about process. I created an underpainting and began to add color to my beginning charcoal drawings. Once I began to add color, I no longer liked the background painting. I couldn’t continue with the painting until I adjusted the background. In the photo below, you can see that I’ve started to add vibrant color and I have not finished that process yet. At this point, I am thinking I will leave the ‘town’ as abstract line and color. I need to finish painting the new background colors around the figures too. I hope to get to that today.
When I make a change that makes the work click for me, I get very full of myself immediately afterwards and I am guilty of letting that feeling get the better of me sometimes. I have occasionally sent out work that wasn’t fully formed yet. I am now trying to let my paintings sit in my studio for a while before sending them out into the world. When I first started painting, I was so amazed I could get anything on a canvas. But now I have come to recognize the value of polish and revision. In fact some paintings never get to see the world, but are entirely painted over. The last four or five paintings I’ve done are hung in my house, so I can visit them for a while with a critical eye first.
How do you know your painting is finished? What makes you realize it’s true to your current voice? Is it just a ‘feeling?’
“There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing and be nothing.” -Aristotle