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My friend has a saying for paintings that we over work. We don't finish a painting rather we 'finish them off'. It may be just a southern thing but I'm sure you get the idea. What I like to do after my 30 minutes of painting is step away and take a break. Come back to the painting and put a mat or frame on it, or tun it upside down. Now I ask myself a few questions:
- Where is my area of interest or star?
- Is is clear that that this area is the star?
- Is my eye drawn to this area? Is there the most clarity in this area?
- Do I have any resting places or areas of quiet and mystery?
- Are there any secondary areas of interest? Do they lead me to my star?
- Do I need to add anything? If I make a mark will it help support my star?
- Do I need to take something out? Is there too much information or unnecessary information? When in Doubt...Leave it out!
The painting in today's post was done as a 20 minute demo for a private student. The goal of the demo was to show how I paint a poppy so by default I didn't put too much information in the background. I hinted at some other poppies and the pods but I think that focusing on my star poppy served the painting well.
If you missed part I of this exercise you can find it here.