Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Ditching work prematurely

Hi all! So I took a bit of time off but headed back to the studio today. I did some line/prep work for a new piece but it didn't make for a very good shot so I thought I'd take the opportunity to talk about an issue many of us deal with: ditching work prematurely.
Why do we do that?
In fact I often tell people I'm teaching - when they are scrunching their noses in disgust at what they've produced: "Don't throw it out! Live with it for awhile. I think some cool things are happening!"
And more often than not what do I do? Yep, toss it or paint over. Today I had to go through some photos and came across a few examples. Here's one of them. Now I can see that there were some interesting things starting to happen, but at the time I was so frustrated that I deep-sixed the thing. Grrr : )
How about you?


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Kim,

I just read an article about what that voice is called, and I can't remember it. Darn. But there's a little mean voice that criticizes something wonderful like you are showing today, and we cannot let it get control.

Love your work. So happy to see you back.


Sandra Busby said...

I once karate kicked a hole in one of my bear paintings that I'd been struggling with for weeks. The only way I could stop myself wasting anymore time on it was to destroy it! But I do regret it now... I think I could have fixed it if only I had put it away for a few weeks and looked again with fresh eyes after a long break, rather than obsessing over it daily! It was a lesson learned! Btw, I got a lovely email from your Sister yesterday. I was chuffed that she likes my paintings when she has already got a very talented painter on her door step! Thanks so much for introducing her to my art. I'm working on a piece for her right now :0)

Page Pearson Railsback said...

Kim..This painting that who had deep sized....Honestly..I would not touch it. I think less is more and this painting is FABULOSO. I LOVE it exactly as is

M E Chamberlain said...

This is a wonderful painting exactly as it is. Truly!

fillingmysummer said...

You had awesome things happening in that piece. So sorry you ditched it. But I hope you learned something.... and hopefully you'll be graced with what happened here with another chance.

(yikes, it looks like this will sign out with my daughter's name)